Η China has sent a spaceship to Mars to explore its surface red planet and look for signs of extraterrestrial life.
A Chinese spacecraft has arrived on Mars and is preparing to explore its surface. The Tianwen-1 from China is one of three missions to the red planet this month. On February 9, the UAE spacecraft Hope successfully orbited the planet. A little later, it will arrive Her perseverance rover NASA.
The Chinese mission consists of rover and orbiter in combination. Initially, Tianwen-1 will orbit Mars, but in a few months it will come to the surface for further exploration.
Scientists from China hope that when this is done, they will be able to collect information about water below the surface of Mars, while also intending to look for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life on the planet.
Tianwen, the name of the Chinese mission, is actually the title of an ancient poem, and means "Search for the Celestial Truth".
This is the first time China has successfully reached Mars. He had tried again in 2011 with Russia, but to no avail.
But in reality, the most difficult part of the mission will be landing a rover on the surface of Mars. Therefore, only then will we know if its success shipping will be complete. Landing on the surface of Mars is a complex feat that so far has been achieved only by NASA.
Landing a spacecraft is extremely difficult and China's attempt involves sophisticated equipment. The proposed landing site is located inside the huge, stony Utopia Planitia, where the American Viking 2 landed in 1976.
China plans to send its rover to the surface of Mars in May.
The rover, which is powered by solar energy, weighs 240 kg and will operate for about three months, while the Tianwen-1 orbiter for about two years.
The spacecraft was launched from Earth seven months ago (from Hainan Island, China).
Source: The Independent