(ORDO NEWS) — As part of the Tianwen mission, the China Space Agency intends to implement its ambitious plans to study Mars in July this year. The mission aims to bring a scientific probe into orbit and land a robot rover on the surface of the Red Planet.
The mission to Mars is one of the new space projects that China is implementing, including the launch of space stations on the moon and the creation of a space station by 2022.
Beijing originally planned to fly to Mars around this year, but the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has confirmed that this could happen in July. CASC is the main contractor for the space program.
“This large project is going according to plan, and we plan to launch it in July,” the CASC statement said on Sunday.
It will take several months to cover the distance of about 55 million kilometers between Earth and Mars, which is constantly changing due to their planetary orbits.
China has already completed a similar mission to the moon, and in January 2019, and landed a small rover on the dark side of the moon’s surface, becoming the first country to do so.
At the same time, NASA, which has already sent four reconnaissance vehicles to Mars, also plans to land a rover there this summer. Landing is planned for February 2021.
The United Arab Emirates also plans to launch the world’s first Arab probe on the Red Planet on July 15 from a Japanese spaceport.
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