China completes landing evaluation for Mars mission.
A landing test was finished by china on Thursday in northern Hebei province ahead of a historical exploration mission to Mars.
China is on course to launch its Mars mission, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said speaking to international diplomats and the press.
The Mars lander underwent a avoidance test in a website in Huailai, northwest of Beijing. The site was littered with little mounds of rocks to simulate the jagged terrain on Mars which the lander would have to navigate to the surface of the planet on its own descent.
“In 2016, China formally started the Mars exploration mission work, and now all of the different development work is progressing smoothly,” Zhang explained.
“The hovering-and-obstacle avoidance evaluation for the Mars lander being carried out now constitutes a crucial area of the development procedure. Once scheduled, China’s first Mars exploration assignment will take place in 2020.”
China has made the powerful Long March 5 rocket system to haul the probe to Mars in 2020.
The travel through space will require about seven months, whilst landing will take seven minutes, said chief architect of the Mars exploration programme, Zhang Rongqiao.
The landing is going to be the toughest and most he said.
The Chang’e-4 probe successfully touched down to the side of the moon in January this year, a historical first and major achievement .
China made its first lunar landing.
As a pit stop for assignments, china expects to complete a space station across the time when NASA is thought to start constructing a new space station laboratory to orbit the moon, roughly 2022.
In 2003, China became the third nation to put a guy in space with its rocket.
Since that time, it has been rushing to catch up with the USA and Russia and become a significant space power by 2030.
“China is currently actively planning and preparing a number of big space programmed including a Mars sample return mission, asteroid exploration missions and a lot more lunar missions,” the head of the space administration said.