U.S. Mars exploration advocate Robert Zubrin on China's first Mars mission

U.S. Mars exploration advocate Robert Zubrin on China's first Mars mission

- Nasa is planning the launch of a fifth rover, named Perseverance, this year.

NASA's Perseverance rover acquired its name from a Virginia seventh grader who won a NASA contest open to college young children across the nation. Due to the delay in signal transmission caused by the great distance between Earth and Mars, the probe must, to a certain extent, depend on itself in navigation, equipment control, malfunction detection and handling.

- The Long March 5's journey through space will take about seven months, while landing will take seven minutes.

China took its first step in planetary exploration to Mars.

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

It should arrive in orbit around the Red Planet in February.

Only the U.S. has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, doing it eight times since 1976. The pink world continues to be an eerie time capsule of the period when daily life initial sprouted on our have globe, and the course it could have long gone had all the things that created our globe possible not turned out just the proper way.

The Chinese say they're also setting up a Mars sample return mission close to 2030. It's set to go beyond Earth's orbit before eventually reaching into Mars' more distant orbit around the sun. Why, you ask? One team of engineers used metric units and another used English units.

Fortunately, the odds of success have improved some recently, with NASA and other space agency's deploying a string of pioneering missions.

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In 2011, China attempted to launch a Mars orbiter in a joint operation with Russian Federation.

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

In the last 10 years, China has sent two rovers to the moon. Plus, it has significantly more gravity, as well as a thin-yet-noticeable atmosphere to overcome.

Thankfully for China, they don't have to completely start from scratch. Their rover will also make use of lessons learned by NASA's previous Mars rovers.

China is, it appears, headed to Mars.

Eight spacecrafts are either orbiting Mars or on its surface with other missions underway or planned from America, Europe and India.

Called Tianwen-1, or "Questions to Heaven", the rover won't actually try to land on the surface for a further two to three months.

The scientific goals include mapping the morphology and geological structure, investigating surface soil characteristics and water-ice distribution, analyzing the surface material composition, measuring the ionosphere and the characteristics of the Martian climate and environment at the surface, and perceiving the physical fields and internal structure of Mars.

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