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Tech & Science Beijing prepares to launch its first probe to Mars in July

15:00  25 may  2020
15:00  25 may  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Beijing (AFP) - China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious plans for a Mars mission which will include landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface It should arrive around February 2021. The United Arab Emirates plans to launch the first Arab probe to the Red Planet on July 15 from Japan.

This is the first disclosure by the country regarding the launch month of its Mars exploration programme.

Un atterrisseur pour la mission chinoise sur Mars, dans la province chinoise du Hebei, le 14 novembre 2019. © Jason Lee, REUTERS A lander for the Chinese mission on Mars, in the Chinese province of Hebei, on November 14, 2019.

China strengthens its space program by sending for the first time a probe and a small remote-controlled robot on the planet Mars. The operation is scheduled to take place in July.

A first for Beijing. China plans to launch in July a probe and a small remote-controlled robot to Mars, an unprecedented mission towards the red planet , announced the promoter of the project.

The country is investing billions of euros in its space program: it launches satellites, plans to send men to the Moon, and has just launched in May a new spacecraft.

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Beijing : China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday. This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China

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"Our goal was to send the probe to Mars sometime in 2020," said the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

"This big project is progressing as planned and we are targeting a launch in July," she said in a statement on Sunday.

A journey of seven months

It would take seven months to cover the distance from Earth to Mars and the Chinese probe will not arrive at its destination before 2021. The distance is constantly changing but is at least 55 million km.

Called "Tianwen" ("Questions in the sky"), the Chinese mission has three objectives: to place a probe in Martian orbit, to make it land on the red planet, then to control a robot on the surface to conduct analyzes.

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China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported Thursday, adding that this is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration program. BEIJING (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jan, 2020 ) :China

China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday. This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China Aerospace

China has already carried out a similar operation on the Moon, where it deposited in 2013 a small unmanned "rover" with wheels (called "Jade Rabbit"), then its successor in January 2019 (on the hidden side of the moon star, a world first).

Other vehicles expected on Mars

The Asian country is not alone in the niche of Martian missions. The United States, which has already sent four exploratory vehicles to Mars, is to launch its fifth (called "Perseverance") between June and August. It should arrive around February 2021.

The United Arab Emirates will launch on July 15 the first Arab probe in the direction of the red planet, from Japan.

On the other hand, the Russian-European mission ExoMars, victim of technical difficulties aggravated by the epidemic of Covid-19 and which hoped to launch this summer a robot towards Mars, was postponed to 2022.

With AFP

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