China successfully launched its Tianwen-1 mission to Mars

China successfully launched its Tianwen-1 mission to Mars

Humanity's first two attempts to land on Mars ended in failure. Unfortunately though, the spacecraft crashed after its launch in 1996. Dozens of other Mars missions have also failed.

Fortunately, the odds of success have improved some recently, with NASA and other space agency's deploying a string of pioneering missions. An unfortunate series of events, isn't it? Its mission is expected to last at least two years. The report also stated that the Tianwen-1 mission has many scientific goals, which include determining the composition of Mars' surface material by studying geology, topography, climate and environment on the Red Planet. Input delivered to this mic will be paired with EDL cameras to provide the public first-ever multimedia Mars landing experience.

While China is joining the US, Russia and Europe in creating a global satellite navigation system, experts say the country is not trying to overcome the US leadership in space exploration, but rather in a "slow race" with Japan and India to establish themselves as Asia's space power.

China sent two rovers to the Moon, Jade Rabbit One and Two (Yutu in Chinese), in 2013 and 2019.

"It shaped about 450 million years ago, acquired blasted off Mars by an asteroid or comet about 600,000-700,000 a long time ago, and then landed on Earth we really don't know specifically when but probably 1,000 a long time ago".

Tianwen-1 is loaded with 13 scientific instruments.

So far only the United States has landed and operated a rover on Mars.

Once the probe reaches Mars, the major challenges will just begin to appear.

America's six-legged Perseverance rover is the size of a small vehicle and has the goal of storing rock and soil samples that can be returned to Earth in future missions. The United States, China and the United Arab Emirates all announced Mars exploration missions this year.

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The machine is supposed to analyse the planet's soil and atmosphere, take photos, chart maps and look for signs of past life.

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The new partnership builds on existing cooperation between Baidu App and CNSA's Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center.

It's been virtually 9 a long time given that NASA despatched off its preceding rover, Curiosity, to Mars.

To find out the source of the methane, space agencies will have to go to these places and collect samples. Meanwhile, the Chinese orbiter will spend a few months surveying for an ideal place to land inside Utopia Planitia, according to mission scientists writing in Nature Astronomy.

The launch is the first time China has independently sent a mission to another planet.

The mission was dubbed Tianwen-1 ("Questions to Heaven") in a nod to a classical Chinese poem that has verses about the cosmos.

"But if we start out observing interesting points on the surface area of Mars that we are unable to explain in the spectra, then we'll glimpse back again to the calibration target to make absolutely sure that the instrument's performing the right way".

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