China marks a new achievement and completes the lander test in northern Nebei province ahead of an unmanned exploration mission to the Red Planet that will be taking place in 2020, according to the latest reports coming from MSN and cited from Reuters.
You may know by now that China is on track to launch its Mars mission in 2020, and Zhang Kejian – head of China National Space Administration – confirmed this on Thursday.
Zhang was reportedly speaking ahead of the hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test for the lander.
The journey to Mars will last about seven months
It’s been also revealed that the journey through space will last for about seven months, and the landing process itself will last about seven minutes, according to the latest data coming from Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars exploration program.
It’s been also revealed that the test was conducted at a landing test site in Hauilai.
China has been working really hard for the Mars mission, and the country developed the powerful Long March 5 rocket to transport the probe to Mars in 2020.
It’s been revealed by MSN that the same rocket will deliver the Change’s-5 probe to the moon by the end of this year or early in 2020. The main aim is to bring back home luna rock samples.
China plans to find ET life on Mars before the US
About a week ago we were reporting that China plans to explore the Red Planet ahead of NASA.
According to the latest reports coming from Express.co.uk, it’s the very first time when state-run media has “publicly unveiled a plan for manned missions to the Red Planet.”
It’s been also revealed that the country is hoping to send Taikonauts – Chinese astronauts- to the moon first.
This will reportedly be for a test run before the big final flight.