China is planning a Mars mission in 2020. Chinese space agency will send a probe on the Red Planet in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of founding of the ruling Communist Party of China that was formed back in 1921.
China hasn’t landed any probe on the Mars yet. Indian neighbour made a failed attempt in 2011, however, Chinese space agency is confident of landing a probe on the Red Planet this time after seeing the success of India, US, Russia and EU after its failed attempt. A Chinese space scientist revealed that they are learning from the past mistakes and mistakes made by other space agencies which will help them in designing a better spacecraft.
The probe will be launched in 2020 and it will land on the Red Planet in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the CPC. “China is likely to launch a Mars probe in 2020. After months of flying, the probe is expected to land on Mars at the 100th anniversary of the CPC. If successful, it will be a present from people working in the aerospace field,” said Ye Peijian, a top official of China’s space programme.
Ye further added that they have sent spacecraft up to 400 million kilometres, however, landing the orbiter on the Mars is a major difficulty for them. Chinese space scientists are working on landing of the probe and they are inspired by the technique used by the NASA’s Curiosity rover that successfully landed on the Mars by reversing the direction of thrust and using several small flame emitters instead of one large flame emitter.
China has already unveiled a prototype of its Mars orbiter back in November 2015 at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Moreover, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the main contractor of China’s space missions, revealed that China’s next-gen Long March 5 rocket will be used to lift up the Mars Orbiter in 2020.