News from China gives details on a scheduled mission to Mars, due to arrive on the Red Planet by 2021. Details regarding the lander, the rover, and the orbiter were revealed.
China is endeavoring to make significant accomplishments in the spatial field. Its’ new unmanned mission to Mars is a daring project, but they trust their technology is adequate for the job. The Chinese scientists will launch the rover in 2020, and it is due to arrive on the Red Planet the following year, at most.
What the Chinese scientists aim is to gather data on the soil of the planet, on the atmosphere, and, more important than all, perhaps, evidence of water.
China has previously released a robot mission to the Moon, Jade Rabbit, whose purpose was to gather data in there. The new rover which will be launched to Mars is based on similar plans. The prototype is designed to carry many scientific appliances and to function via solar panels. There are six of them on the rover, which also has six wheels. It will also have a camera attached to it so that it should capture images.
The Chinese rover won’t be the only one roving the Martian lands, as NASA has also scheduled a mission on the Red Planet. The new model of the Curiosity rover is going back to Mars. It will be equipped with high technology appliances, trying to determine whether there has been life on Mars or no, during its past, warmer ages.
The Chinese developers are aware of the challenges of this mission. They stated they have to make sure there will be enough solar energy to power the rover and that it will pass the difficulties when entering Mars’ atmosphere. The new rover, which doesn’t have a name yet, has two more solar panels than the one sent to the Moon, which only had four.
The rover is supposed to sever from the orbiter seven months after launching and arrive on the Red Planet, in its northern hemisphere.
All of the latest details, as well as pictures of the design were made public by China on August 23. They still have to find a name for the mission, the rover, as well as a logo. There are also other details which must be fixed, but, all in all, the Chinese mission to Mars is almost a fact.
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