China aims to return samples from Mars ahead of joint NASA-Europe mission: report

China plans to withdraw samples from Mars to Earth in 2031, two years before NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) seek to do so, according to media reports.

Target date announced Monday (June 20th) presentation (opens in a new tab) by Sun Zezhou, chief designer of Thienwen 1 A mission to an orbiter and rover on Mars, which arrived on the Red Planet in February 2021, according to SpaceNews (opens in a new tab).

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