China Goes To Mars Next Year With A New Rover

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It seems that China has quite a late start in its efforts to explore space. Russia, the US, and more countries have already forged brand new paths to the Moon and beyond it before China even got started.

But it’s not a problem, because it looks like the country is making tremendous efforts and it will definitely be able to make up for the lost time in quite a big way.

After the successful Moon missions including landing on the far side of the Moon for the very first time, China is looking at Mars for its next huge space mission, according to the latest reports coming from BGR.

China is planning a rover mission to Mars 

CNN reported that China’s space division is currently preparing a rover mission to the Red Planet that could launch next year.

Wu Weiren of China’s lunar exploration program talked about the plans at an event held in Beijing.

“Over the past 60 years, we’ve made a lot of achievements, but there is still a large distance from the world space powers. We must speed up our pace,” Wu recently stated.

He continued and explained, “Next year, we will launch a Mars probe, which will orbit around the Mars, land on it and probe it.”

China set its eyes on the Red Planet for quite a while now, and they are already working on simulating Martian settlements which could serve one day as actual models for human colonies that will be set on Mars.

The details about China’s 2020 Mars seem to be lining up pretty well with other previous missions that have been carried out by other countries.

“The orbiter will be equipped with high-resolution cameras and various instruments like radar, while the rover will carry some cameras as well as a magnetic field detector and instruments to test samples of the surface,” BGR notes.

China scheduled the launch sometime in July 2020.