The Mars probe and rover are expected to spend around three months taking photos, harvesting geographical data and collecting and analysing rock samples.
China’s first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main section of what will be a permanent space station and a mission that brought back rocks from the moon late last year.
Chinese Tianwen-1 follows NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed last Thursday near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater to search for signs of ancient microscopic life.
The Chang'e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, collected lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn more about the moon's origins.
If the mission is completed as planned, it would make China the third nation to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union.
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