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Thread: China aims to have a rover on Mars by 2020

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    China just announced their Mars mission will carry 13 scientific instruments - seven in the orbiter and six in the rover.

    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-0...t_41623004.htm

    China is on track to launch its first Mars probe around 2020, and plans call for retrieving soil and rock samples from the red planet before 2030, said Zhang Rongqiao, the mission's chief designer.

    China aims to become the first country to conduct an orbital and surface exploration of Mars in a single mission, he said on Wednesday at an international forum on lunar and deep space exploration in Beijing.

    The Chinese Mars probe consists of three parts: orbiter, lander and rover. It will carry 13 scientific instruments - seven in the orbiter and six in the rover, he said.

    The orbiter will collect data on Mars' atmosphere, electromagnetic field, temperatures, surface landscape and other key scientific indicators, he said.

    The rover, weighing around 200 kilograms, will focus on collecting surface data, as well as testing other equipment to pave the way for future sample retrieval missions between 2025 and 2030.

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    Andrew Jones with more details of the high-resolution camera to be carried by the Mars orbitor.

    http://gbtimes.com/china-is-sending-...-space-program

    The orbiter for China’s 2020 Mars mission will carry a powerful high-resolution camera which will boost understanding of the Red Planet and help with planning for future missions.

    China will launch its first independent interplanetary mission in summer 2020 with a Long March 5 rocket, ambitiously attempting to send the orbiter to the Red Planet together with a lander and rover in one go.

    Aboard the orbiter will be the Mars High-resolution Camera (MHC), which will have a maximum resolution of 0.5m per pixel at an altitude of 260 km above the Martian surface - the expected periapsis, or low point in the orbit - making it comparable to NASA’s HiRise imager.

    While HiRise, currently in orbit aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), can return images at a greater resolution of 25 cm per pixel, China’s MHC will offer larger areal coverage, with a 9 km swath versus a 6 km swath for HiRISE.

    The specifications for the 40 kg MHC imager were presented at the international forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration in Beijing this week.

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    China has started simulated landing tests for their 2020 Mars mission.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-simulates-...r-2020-mission

    China has provided a rare update on the progress of its 2020 mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars, stating that simulated landing tests have taken place as part of preparations.

    The tests were carried out recently by the Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity (BISME), which focuses on landing technology among other specialised fields.

    The 2020 mission will be China's first independent interplanetary mission, and while the country successfully soft-landed the Chang'e-3 on the Moon in 2013, some of the challenges posed by touching down safely on Mars are greater, requiring new technology.

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