Fast facts about Mars and China's Mars mission — China Focus

China is setting the stage for next space race

China has launched one of the most ambitious space missions to date, hoping to catch up on decades on USA technological dominance by going to Mars.

Next up, the United States is set to launch its Perseverance rover to our neighboring planet July 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

China blasted off a Mars probe on a rocket that aims to eventually land a rover. In February, the probe is expected to reach Mars where it will deploy a rover to explore the planet for 90 days.

The first microphone is a part of the EDL (entry, descent, and landing) system which ensures Perseverance safely lands on Mars' surface.

"China joining (the Mars race) will change the situation dominated by the USA for half a century", said Chen Lan, an independent analyst at, which specialises in China's space programme.

The quest to solve Mars' mysteries makes the name of China's latest mission even more fitting.

The rover will bundle its most fascinating rock samples into small tubes that will be still left on the area of Mars for retrieval and return to Earth by afterwards missions.

But apart from the paper, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) hasn't given many details about the Tianwen-1 mission. He added that the launch was a "key step of China marching towards farther deep space".

The rover's journey began at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the place the automobile was constructed earlier than being totally examined in preparation for its hard Mars mission.

This is a instrument that incorporates two imagers and two laser spectroscopes, which together will investigate the geology of the rover's landing website - a 40km-huge crater named Jezero.

NASA declared on July 22 that the mission had passed its flight readiness review, which features a preparedeness evaluation of the spacecraft, rocket, treatments and personnel.

Despite elevated political tensions between the us and China, "I don't think these missions have anything to do with dominance [of space]", Logsdon said.

It is not China's first attempt to go to Mars. Recently, Baidu App worked with the Mars mission to host a livestream program where scientists shared authoritative knowledge about outer space.

Still, Logsdon noted that USA legislation prohibits NASA from working with China.

The Red Planet is a notoriously hostile place to send a spacecraft.

Beijing's space programme has made huge strides in recent years as it tries to catch up with the United States and Russian Federation.

"If we ever need to move on from Earth, Mars could be a possible colony", Hou said. The rover's SuperCam instrument will have its personal piece of Mars rock, once more to act as a calibration target.

Baidu has the largest information and knowledge-centered mobile ecosystem in China, said Foyu Yuan, Corporate Vice President of Baidu, which will allow Baidu to attract netizens at home and overseas to participate in the naming of China's first Mars rover.



Latest news

Mnuchin: Virus aid package soon, $1,200 checks by August
Republicans appear to be settling on $200 a week that would ultimately be adjusted according to state jobless benefits rates. Despite the strong pushback from his own party, Trump blamed Democrats after his top priority quickly going down in flames.

Beyoncé drops trailer for "Black is King" featuring Shatta Wale
Will you be watching when this goes live on Disney + tonight? "I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people". By now, you may have heard that Beyoncé is releasing a new visual album called " Black Is King " on Friday, Jul. 31.

Trump suggests possible delay in presidential vote
If Congress did decide to push it back, elections officials would do whatever was needed, said Wyman, a Republican. Half the states in the U.S. permit any voter to vote by post on request. "Not even watchable.

Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 USA presidential election
Several recent national polls show Trump trailing his presumptive opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden , but double digits. However, there is no evidence of widespread fraud, according to numerous nationwide and state-level studies over the years.

Dr Fauci Gives Important Advice Amid Evidence Coronavirus Can Get Into Eyes
As of Thursday afternoon, that number has increased to 151,650 deaths, among more than 7.4 million cases of COVID-19. On person tweeted: "I can just see it now...everyone walking around with swimming goggles plus a mask".

Other news