China successfully launched a planetary mission on Mars with Rover in tow

China successfully launched a planetary mission on Mars with Rover in tow

China Successfully launched Her first big planetary mission on Mars. The beginning starts a long seven month journey through deep space, and once the mission reaches the Red Planet, China could become only the second nation ever land and operate a rover on the Martian surface.

Called Tianwen-1, China’s mission consists of a Martian orbiter, lander and rover. All three start at the top of the Long March 5, China’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the early morning hours of 23rd July. The Long March 5 is one of China’s most powerful rocket, and this mission marked only the fourth launch ever for this type of car.

Once they reach the red planet, all three spacecraft will work in tandem to study the geology of Mars and learn more about what may be lurking beneath the planet’s surface. While the orbiter will map and photograph Mars from the top, the lander and rover will eventually make the terrible plunge down to the surface of Mars. If they land intact on the lander will operate as a delivery platform to provide a ramp for the rover to roll away and traverse the Martian terrain.

An artistic rendering of Tianwen-1 Rover and lander on the surface of Mars
Photo: < ؛ ؛ > Xinhua via Getty Images

Only the United States has been able to successfully land robotic spacecraft on Mars discover that the surface of the can. In fact, no other nation had a lot of success with landing something on Mars. Europe has tried two times to land the spacecraft on Mars to fail both times. The Soviet Union’s Mars 3 spacecraft the Earth in 1971, and inform for about 20 seconds before going to the unexpected black. If China’s landing is successful, it pulled is a feat that only NASA specializes in, loud people in a advanced global space community.

Tianwen-1 is actually the second mission headed to Mars this summer. The United Arab Emirates also launched its first interplanetary mission on July 19th, to send an Iraqi, IS said to hope that Mars will study the planet’s weather. Next up is NASA, which is on track to launch its next Martian rover on July 30th. Called Courage, the rover is designed to look for signs of past life on Mars, as well as to dig samples of the Martian soil that can be returned to earth for a day study.

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