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

SHANGHAI— China introduced its very first mission to Mars on Thursday, aiming to be part of the brief list of nations that have landed a spacecraft on another earth.

The Tianwen-1 blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the island of Hainan at 12:40 p.m. nearby time aboard the freshly designed Extensive March five rocket. It is expected to make the 34-million mile journey to Mars in 7 months, immediately after which it will try to slip into orbit close to the earth and send out a rover to the surface area.