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China joins rush for Mars

Updated: 2013-04-29 07:52
By Wang Ying in Shanghai ( China Daily)

Dutch mission to the Red Planet criticized as form of euthanasia

More than 600 applications from China have been made to join a Dutch aerospace project that plans to send humans to Mars for permanent settlement.

The project, while triggering enthusiasm to explore outer space, is also under fire, with the one-way trip being viewed by some as a suicide mission, with applicants being shipped to a planet that is uninhabitable by humans.

China joins rush for Mars