China to launch first Mars probe next year: chief lunar probe designer

By Chi Jingyi People's Daily app

15:05, March 03, 2019(GTM +8)

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Wu Weiren answers question. (Photo: People's Daily)

The first members' passage of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) was held Sunday, March 3rd at the Great Hall of the People before the second annual session of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC.

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Reporters at the members' passage. (Photo: People's Daily)

The members' passage together with deputies' passage for the National People's Congress (NPC) give reporters more opportunities to interview NPC deputies and CPPCC National Committee members since there is a passage reserved in the Great Hall of the People.

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The Yutu-2 land rover. (Photo: CLEP)

Wu Weiren, CPPCC National Committee member and the chief designer of China's lunar exploration project, answered questions from reporters in the members' passage. Wu said the Yutu-2 (jade rabbit) lunar rover is in good shape, heading northwest, and will be safe. Data collected by Yutu-2 will be open to the world. The Chang 'e-5 probe will be launched by the end of this year.

"Next year, a Mars probe will be launched," Wu added.


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