- China’s Mars mission is scheduled for the month of July as the country increases its space exploration efforts
- Chinese space group CASC is to send an orbiter and a rover to the surface of the Red Planet in the hope of finding evidence of past or present life.
- China plans to build a space station and have their own astronauts on the Moon, sooner rather than later.
It was not long ago that China didn’t seem to care much about the space. The country looked to The united states and Russia dominate space exploration for decades before they actually throw their hat in the ring. Now, after a mission of programming that has advanced at a breakneck pace, China is poised to launch a new mission to Mars.
The country announced that it believes that it will be ready to send its mission to Mars on the sky in the month of July. Similar to NASA’s Mars missions, China will send a rover to the surface of Mars in the hope of discovering some of the planet’s long-held secrets, including whether or not the life has never taken root there.
Assuming that the planned July launch stays in the opening hours of China’s “Tianwen” spacecraft will spend the months of cruising through space before eventually getting to Mars. During this time, there is not much to the Chinese scientists who do but wait and keep your fingers crossed that everything arrives in one piece.
Once it makes it to Mars, the spacecraft will enter orbit around the planet and the robotic rover will be sent to the surface. It will be China’s first attempt to send a robot to Mars, which marks an important milestone for the Chinese space group China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The ship is designed to last approximately one Earth year, although it could be used for a longer time if it is still viable. The rover, on the other hand, is expected to last only 90 Martian days, or sols. As with the orbiter, the rover could see the wide-spread use based on the needs of the researchers and the capabilities of the hardware.
Unlike NASA, the Curiosity and the Perseverance of the rover, China’s first Mars rover is based on the solar energy. The Opportunity rover of NASA was also based on the solar energy, ultimately, it succumbed to a Martian dust storm, which then remain in operation for many years after its completion date. The curiosity and the Perseverance, both use nuclear energy based on sources that allow them to remain in operation, regardless of the light conditions.
A trip to Mars is a great business to China, especially in light of his recent success in landing a rover on the far side of the Moon from the Earth. The success of a “soft landing”, was the first not only for China but for humanity, and it was a clear signal that the country is prepared to be ambitious with its space exploration activities.
Along with the Mars mission, China is planning to have an orbital space station in the coming years, and that is already hashing out plans for manned missions to the Moon.