China just launched its Mars mission—and it's set to become the country's first landing on the red planet

China just launched a major Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, on Thursday in what it hopes will become its first successful landing on the red planet. It is China's first solo mission to Mars after a previous attempt with Russia failed several years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. is gearing up for a launch of NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover, which is scheduled for July 30.
Thu, Jul 23 202011:24 AM EDT