China, mission on the Moon with an eye on Mars

13/04/2019

 

The Asian country is ready to launch the Chang’e-5 lunar probe this year; mission to Mars in 2020

 

China plans to launch the Chang’e-5 lunar probe by the end of this year. The target of the expedition is to bring back lunar samples to Earth, as confirmed by Sun Zezhou, chief designer of the Chang’e-4 probe.

The probe will explore the polar regions of the Moon to prepare for the construction of a scientific research center. Speaking of the scientific project, Sun added that the Long March-5 rocket will be tasked with sending the Chang’e-5 spacecraft to its target.

 

The Mars probe will be equipped with a rover that is twice as heavy as the Yutu-2 rover

 

However, China does not stop there. The Asian country, in fact, will also launch its first probe on Mars in 2020. Sun has revealed that the Mars exploration project is well underway and the probe will be launched as scheduled in a year’s time.

The researcher for Mars, the researcher explained, will be equipped with a rover that is twice as heavy as the Yutu-2 rover, that is the one used in the Chang’e-4 probe mission.

The performance of the rover will be better than its predecessor and, as confirmed by Sun, it is hoped that the probe will land on Mars in order to know more about the Red Planet.

 

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