Without Russia This Time
It’s not China’s first attempt to go to Mars. A previous mission with Russia in 2011 failed because the Russian launcher was unable to get into a transfer orbit to slingshot towards the Red Planet.
The hardware partially disintegrated as it crashed back to Earth.
Following that failure, Beijing decided to try again on its own.
“Its purposes are not different from those of other countries: develop the capability, explore the universe, invest on future resource, and finally, create political influence and national prestige,” Chen Lan, an independent analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, which specializes in news about China’s space program, told AFP.