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China unveils model of first Martian probe

Updated: Nov 4,2015 10:15 AM

A model of China’s Martian probe will debut at China International Industry Fair, it was announced on Nov 2.

The 17th China International Industry Fair will open on Nov 3 in Shanghai, lasting until Nov 7. The golden model, which is a third of its real size, has been given pride of place at China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s exhibition stand.

Niu Shengda, a satellite expert with the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, explained that the probe consists of two parts: an orbiter and a lander.

China’s astronomers have set their sights on the Red Planet following a successful soft landing on the moon late last year. They plan to launch the probe in 2020.

“The project is going smoothly,” Niu said.