China is all set to launch its first rover to Mars on a mission to gather scientific data on 23 July. The first mission to Red Planet from China is dubbed Tianwen-1, which includes an orbiting spacecraft, a lander and a rover. The rocket is actually slated for late July launch which happens to be delayed into early August to minimize travel time and fuel use as the Mars and Earth are in an ideal alignment, on the same side of the Sun.
The main objective of the mission happens to be explore the characteristics of the Martian soil and to create the geological map of Mars, besides understanding the electromagnetic and gravitational fields of the planet.
Mean while, US is gearing up for its Mars launch tentatively on 30 July. The first Mars mission Mars Orbiter Hope, from Arab countries is successfully launched on 20 July from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan.