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Chi unveils eight mes for Mars probe

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Jan 29: From mythical ‘Phoenix’ to sentimental ‘Chasing Dreams’, Chi on Tuesday released a choice list of eight mes for the country’s first Mars spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched by 2020, the media reported.

The mes — “Fenghuang” (phoenix), “Tianwen” (questions for heaven), “Huoxing” (Mars), “Tenglong” (soaring dragon), “Qilin” (Kylin), “Zhuque” (rose finch), “Zhuimeng” (chasing dreams) and “Fengxiang” (flying phoenix) — were chosen from over 14,500 choices submitted by people worldwide, Xinhua news agency reported.

The fil choice for the Mars probe will be announced around Space Day on April 24, space authorities said. Proposals were accepted from August last year. The eight mes were selected through a jury review and online polls.

Chi plans to launch its first Mars spacecraft by 2020, which will orbit, land on and explore the Red Planet. (IANS)

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