(CNN)China's space agency revealed the name of its first Mars exploration mission on Friday, and said the mission is on track to take place "in the coming months."
The mission has been named "Tianwen 1," the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said in a statement on Friday, following the naming of the country's planetary exploration program "Tianwen," meaning "quest for heavenly truth."
The program was named after a long poem by ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan, according to CNSA.
China completed its first public test of a Mars lander in November last year, keeping the country on track for an unmanned exploration mission to the red planet in 2020.
The space agency said the mission to Mars is due to take place "in the coming months," according to a statement released on Friday.
So far, the United States and the former Soviet Union are the only two countries to land a spacecraft on Mars, but the Eu