In July, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) a first mission to Mars. The company wants to use a remote-controlled robot to map the surface of the red planet.
The battle for Mars continues inexorably. After the United States, the Chinese also seem to set their sights on the planet. To do that, China has invested billions of dollars in its space program. The first phase of that project will start this summer. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the company behind the mission, will launch a space probe in July that will study the planet.
The Mars mission was appropriately named Tianwen, which means “asking for heaven.” You should take that name literally. First, the space probe contains a satellite that will orbit the planet. In addition, a robot is used to explore the planet’s land surface. Before the mission starts, the spacecraft must travel a whopping 55 million kilometers. It looks like the Chinese will have to be patient for a few more months.
Compete with NASA
With its first Mars mission, China hopes to compete with the American space organization NASA. The Americans have previously made four successful Martian landings with robots. The fifth mission, that Perseverance will land on our neighbor planet around January 2021. In addition, NASA is currently working on a project to return samples from Martian rocks to Earth. In addition, it will deploy specially developed drones to explore the planet. So China still has a long way to go to keep up with the Americans.
It is not the first time that China has carried out a similar mission. In January of 2019, the country managed to explore the lunar landscape with a specially developed robot. Whether their Moon robot survives the arduous journey to Mars remains to be seen. The failure of the mission would be a serious blow to the bill. Last year, the Chinese government invested a whopping $ 8 billion (about $ 7.33 billion) in the space project.