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China’s Space Dream Scores Big Win With First Mission to Mars

  • Chinese spacecraft enters orbit and will later land on surface
  • Musk’s SpaceX among private, state programs shooting for Mars

A Chinese spacecraft has made it to Mars for the first time, boosting China’s attempt to be a space power on par with the U.S.

Tianwen-1 reached Mars’ orbit, Chinese state media reported at 8:57 p.m. Beijing time on Wednesday. It will orbit for several months before sending a rover to land on a large plain on the Martian surface.