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China may have its sights set on a mission to Venus

China is considering adding a mission to Venus to its plans for planetary exploration, according to a senior Chinese space official.

The country launched its first interplanetary mission, Tianwen 1, to Mars in 2020; the mission’s orbiter and Zhurong rover remain at work at the Red Planet. But the mission won’t be alone as China plans to go further afield. Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program, told Chinese state media earlier this month that Tianwen 2, 3 and 4 missions are set to follow the Mars mission. (Tianwen means “questions about the heavens” and comes from an ancient Chinese poem.)

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