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Special Issue in Earth and Planetary Physics (EPP) Recent Advances in China's Tianwen-1 Mission to Mars

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Guest Editors:

● Wei Lin, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. E-mail:

 Jianjun Liu, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences. E-mail: 

 Yasong Ge, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. E-mail: 

 Zhaojin Rong, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. E-mail: 

 Yang Liu, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences. E-mail: 



Tianwen-1, China’s first Mars mission successfully sent an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the red planet in 2020. It has been more than a year since the successful landing of the rover, Zhurong, in the southern Utopia Planitia on Mars on May 15, 2021. A total of ~ 940 gigabytes of the scientific dataset had been received from Tianwen-1 by May 5, 2022, which would greatly advance our understanding of Mars in terms of its space environment, atmosphere, geomorphology, geology, geochemistry, climate, potential habitability, etc. The aim of this special issue in Earth and Planetary Physics (EPP) is to collect and highlight the recent research advances brought by the Tianwen-1 mission. The following types of manuscripts will be considered in this issue: Research Articles, Letters, and Technical Reports.



Topics of interest in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

 Geomorphology, mineralogy, and geological evolution of Mars

 Sub-surface characteristics and water-ice distribution of Mars

 Space environment and atmosphere of Mars

● Geophysical fields and internal structure of Mars

 Environment and habitability of past and present Mars


Important Dates

 Paper submission deadline: October 31, 2022

 Special issue completed: March/April, 2023


Your paper will appear online as soon as it is accepted. All accepted papers of special issue will be published in May of 2023.


EPP is an open access journal. EPP is now indexed in ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index), Scopus, EI and CSCD (Chinese Science Citation Database). All submitted manuscripts are subject to peer-review before being considered for publication. EPP uses Scholarone’s online submission system. 


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