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China lands its first rover on Mars in latest advance for space programme

China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time in the latest advance for its space programme. The official Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday that the lander had touched down, citing the China National Space Administration. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American one that arrived at the red planet in February. Read more: Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ► Get the latest headlines: and are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture. #Mars #China #Space
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