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An illustration of China's planned robotic Mars mission, called HX-1.

China wants to launch to Mars next year — part of an ambitious plan to bring the first Martian soil samples back to Earth

China recently landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, and is also working on a robotic Mars mission that may launch in 2020.
A photo of the sprouts that China grew in a lattice-like structure inside a canister on the moon.

China says it has grown the first plants on the moon on its historic mission to the far side

China's historic mission to the far side of the moon may have produced another first: Seeds sprouted there for the first time, scientists say.
China landing its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon is an early phase of an ambitious program of space exploration.

‘This is more than just a landing’: Why China’s mission on the far side of the moon should be a wake-up call for the world

China landing a car-sized lunar spacecraft, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon is a triumph. It's also a technological shot across the bow.
China's Yutu 2 rover moving across the far side of the moon.

Photos show Chinese lunar rover making tracks on the far side of the moon as it starts its historic exploration mission

New images show Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, rolling across a lunar landscape. China is the first nation to land a craft on the far side.
A rendering of a lunar rover for China's Chang'e-4 moon mission.

China just landed a spacecraft on the moon’s far side for the first time in history. Here’s why the mission may be revolutionary.

China launched a robotic spacecraft to the moon's far side (not the dark side) in December. Now it's poised to explore a crucial region we never see.
An image taken on the far side of the moon by China's Chang'e 4 lunar explorer.

China releases photos from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

Photos shared by China's National Space Administration show close-ups of the lunar surface.
One of the Longjiang microsatellites that China launched toward the moon in May 2018.

A Chinese moon satellite took an incredible picture of Earth that will make you feel tiny

China launched two microsatellites, called Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2, to the moon in May. One of the spacecraft took stunning new photos of Earth and the moon with a Saudi Arabian camera system. The photos show Earth against the black void of space.