China Blasts Off on Its Long March to Look for Life on Mars

SHANGHAI— China launched its initially mission to Mars on Thursday, aiming to be a part of the limited list of nations that have landed a spacecraft on an additional world.

The Tianwen-1 blasted off from the Wenchang Space Start Center on the island of Hainan at 12:40 p.m. nearby time aboard the newly made Prolonged March five rocket. It is envisioned to make the 34-million-mile journey to Mars in seven months, right after which it will try to slip into orbit close to the world and send a rover to the surface area.