China plans to send its first crewed Space Mission to Mars in 2033 as it continues to boost its space ambitions in a battle with the U.S.The world’s second-largest economy is planning regular crewed missions to the Red Planet.
According to the academy, Wang Xiaojun, head of the state-owned China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, outlined the country’s Mars plans for the first time this month at a space conference in Russia. It comes just weeks after China landed a remote-controlled rover called Zhurong on Mars, making it the only country after the U.S. to do so.
Earlier this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to the astronauts, congratulating them and highlighting how the country’s space ambitions are supported from the top. Space is an area China wants to lead as part of a broader technology battle with the U.S.NASA says it plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.