After landing the Jade Rabbit rover on the Moon, China has unveiled a design for a Mars rover mission.
Perhaps egged on by the success of the Indian Space Agency’s Mars mission, Chinese aspirations have increased.
The stated goal of the rover will be to search for life and water. However, due to a limited budget, the Chinese Mars rover is competing with the other space programs for funding, like recent calls for a new heavy lift launch system for human spaceflight. This places the ambitious 2020 launch date in question.
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