The success of the last lunar missions pushedChina's leadership to new heights - the exploration of Mars. Next year, China is going to send a landing probe to the Red Planet. This was announced at the opening of the People’s Political Consultative Council of the country by the general designer of the national lunar program Wu Wei-Ren. The video with the scientist’s performance was published by CCTV +.
The device should enter the near-Martian orbit at the beginning of 2021. The goal of the program will be to study the geology and atmosphere of the planet.
“Over the past 60 years we have been able to achievea lot of technological breakthroughs, but we are still far from the leading space powers, ”the words of W Weiran, spoken at the opening of the People’s Political Consultative Council of the country, CNN agency, transmits.
“Next year we will launch a research Mars probe, which will fly around, land and probe this planet.”
Weirjen also added that during the lunar mission "Chang'e-5", which will begin at the end of this year, it is planned to use the apparatus for delivering samples of lunar soil to Earth.
“If this happens, China will become the third country after the United States and Russia, which has successfully implemented this step,” said the general designer.
Recent years, China is really veryintensified in matters of research and development of deep space. In 2013, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully landed the Yuuta-1 lunar rover on the surface of the Earth satellite. Six years later, in the von Karman crater near the South Pole of the Moon, the landing module with the Yuuta-2 lunar rover leaked, becoming the first spacecraft to land on the other side of the satellite. At the end of this year, China plans to send the third moon rover. However, the key goal of the entire program is to reach Mars.
To date, the orbit of Mars and itsthe surfaces are six spacecraft: the Mars Odyssey, the Martian reconnaissance satellite and the MAVEN aerospace agency NASA, the Indian Mangalyan, as well as the European Mars Express and the Trace Gas Orbiter created during European-Russian cooperation. Below on the surface of the Red Planet, the only currently functioning Mars Rover, “Curiosity” NASA, collects scientific data about it. Until recently, the Mars rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" were engaged in the same tasks. The first disappeared in the Martian sands in 2010, the last, after almost 15 years of successful work, finally failed in the past year.
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