China to Launch Mars Probe in July
January 23, 2020 (outlookindia.com)
• On January 23rd, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July 2020. The probe will land and deploy a rover on Mars.
• How to safely land on Mars is one of the biggest challenges facing the mission. A test simulation of the probe’s hovering and descending to the Mars surface in a one-third gravity environment was successfully conducted in China’s remote Hebei province in November.
• The Mars probe will be carried to Mars by the Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket. The rocket recently completed testing on its high thrust hydrogen-oxygen engine in preparation for its final assembly. The Long March-5 rocket will carry out several missions in 2020, including the Mars probe launch and the lunar sample return.
Beijing, Jan 23 (IANS) China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year,
China Youth Daily reported on Thursday.
This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The Mars probe will be sent by the Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket.
The Long March-5 Y4 rocket has recently completed a 100-second test for its high thrust hydrogen-oxygen engine, which is the last engine examination before the final assembly, Xinhua reported.
According to the CASC, China will send a probe to orbit and land and deploy a rover on Mars.
In 2020, the Long March-5 rocket will carry out several missions, including the Mars probe launch and the lunar sample return.
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