China officially announces that its next mission to Mars will launch in July with its Long March-5 rocket
China is launching a Mars probe to look for signs of life using a mobile vehicle that will fire into space aboard a Long March-5 rocket in July
- After a successful test in December, China commits to a launch in July
- The country’s Mars mission will send a satellite probe and a rover to the planet
- China says it will complete an additional 24 rocket test launches before July
This week, the Chinese government announced that it will launch its long-awaited mission to Mars in July, delivering a research rover to drive across the planet’s surface in search of signs of life and conducting environmental analyzes.
The mission will use the Y4 Long March-5 carrier rocket, which the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has described as the country’s most powerful rocket.
The announcement comes less than a month after a successful test flight of an early version of the Long March-5 rocket, which saw the engine powered by hydrogen and oxygen complete a thrust of 100 seconds.
China’s Long March-5 carrier rocket (pictured above), which successfully conducted a test launch on December 27, will deliver a satellite probe and a rover to Mars. It will launch in July and is expected to reach Mars in 2021.
The rocket is called “Fat Five” because it features four smaller propulsion engines connected to a longer central launcher.
According to a report in Xinhua, CASC will carry out 24 additional engine tests during winter and spring before the final launch in July.
The Long March-5 is expected to reach Mars in 2021, and in addition to the surface rover it will deliver a satellite probe that will be established in orbit around the planet and will help maintain communication with the rover and conduct research on the atmosphere.
The Mars mission in China is one of three that will be launched this year, all of which should reach the planet by 2021.
The United Arab Emirates plans to launch the Hope Mars Mission this summer, delivering research to orbit the planet and collect data on the planet’s climate and weather patterns.
China’s Long March 5 is currently one of the most powerful rockets in the world and will help you launch Mars and create your new space station.
China’s leading space manufacturer today published an image (above) of its Martian explorer. The country aims to land the explorer on the Red Planet in two years, according to a scientist.
ExoMars Mission is a joint mission with the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
It will also be launched in 2020, sending a rover with a six and a half foot drill to the planet’s surface to collect soil and mineral samples.
NASA plans to launch its own mission on July 17, called Mars 2020.
It will send a research rover and an unmanned helicopter to the surface to carry out a wide range of investigations, including the evaluation of the potential to create a human settlement on the planet.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE EXPLORATION OF CHINESE SPACE?
Chinese space agency officials have said the country will return to the moon at the end of 2019 with the Chang’e-5 mission.
This will collect rocks from the near side of the moon and return them to Earth for further study.
Chang’e-6 will be the first mission to explore the south pole of the moon.
It was stated that Chang’e-7 will study the Earth’s surface, composition and space environment in an integral mission, while Chang’e-8 will focus on the technical analysis of the surface.
According to reports, China is also working on the construction of a lunar base using 3D printing technology.
Mission number eight will probably lay the groundwork for this while striving to verify the technology destined for the project and whether it is viable as a scientific basis.
China’s space agency, the National Space Administration of China (CNSA), also says it wants to travel to Mars by 2020.