China Plans Launching Its First Mars Mission In 2020

Mindy Sparks
March 7, 2019

But, instead of exploring its far side, this probe will take samples of the moon and return it to Earth for research.

Wu, now in Beijing for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, one part of the 'Two Sessions' (known in Chinese as Lianghui), also said that scientific findings made by recently launched Lunar probe, Chang'e 4, will be made available for members of the public who wish to view them, although no specific timeline for that has been given.

Although a little late, China has managed to quickly pick up the pace and reach the aforementioned countries in space exploration, and now it is planning to send a rover to Mars next year, but it's still unclear what the rover would specifically look for on the Martian surface. "Next year, we will launch a Mars probe, which will orbit around the Mars, land on it and probe it", said Weiren, CNN reports. China's increasingly ambitious lunar program will see them close the gap between space pioneers U.S. and Russian Federation, as they will become just the third nation to bring samples from the Moon back to Earth.

China has been preparing for the Mars mission for the past few years, and recently, they opened a Mars simulation base in Qinghai's Qaidam Basin, an arid region in Western China.

But, that doesn't mean that the space agency is giving up on Earth's only natural satellite.


Beijing has recently made huge leaps in the space race. In 2013, it successfully landed a rover - Yutu 1 - on the moon, becoming only the third country to do so. The space agency is also the first to land a rover on the far side of the moon.

China lands on the far side of the moon 01:08 In December previous year, it landed another probe and a rover, Yutu 2, on the far side of the moon, the first time this had ever been done.

Each lunar night is 14 Earth days long. "But please rest assured we will ensure its safety". A few days ago, it woke up automatically. and started to work. "Currently, it is in normal condition", said Wu.

China will gradually open data collected by the Chang'e-4 lunar probe to the world, the country's lunar program chief designer said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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