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    China's Mars exploration ambitions

    China has already indicated they will be launching an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars in 2020. Now they are building a Mars simulation base.

    http://english.cctv.com/2017/07/28/A...OG170728.shtml

    Prepping for the Mars Mission, China has selected a remote site in northwest China's Qinghai Province to construct a 'Simulated Mars Station,' which will also be used for training astronauts, research lab and tourist scene.

    Three-quarters of Qinghai is covered by the Gobi Desert, while the rest of the province has mountains, grasslands, rivers and lakes.

    The 'Simulated Mars Station' would stand ideally located in the Qaidam Basin, a hyper-arid region with land and air conditions that resemble Mars' surface. The climate is cold, windy and dry.

    Most importantly, the spot remains sparsely-populated and isolated. Astronauts must survive functioning inside a spaceship for over 500 days just to travel from Earth to Mars.

    Only candidates with good health and a strong mental capacity to endure deep psychological strain for lengthy periods of time can succeed.

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    More details of the location of the base.

    http://www.sixthtone.com/news/100140...e-economy-soar

    As local tour guide Zhang Qingzhe led a fleet of cars carrying members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) down Highway 315, a vast expanse of red earth loomed before them. This is Hongya, or Red Cliff: an area in the Gobi Desert rarely traversed by humans, Zhang told the scientists, who had come looking for a place to build China’s groundbreaking Mars exploration base.

    Situated more than 3,000 meters above sea level in the Qaidam Basin area of western Qinghai province, Hongya closely resembles the red planet’s geography. Here, shifts in tectonic plates have caused mountains to rise and water to recede in what once was a desert oasis. Millions of years of wind erosion have chiseled out pillars of sand, known as yardang — a Uyghur word meaning “steep-walled hillock.”

    Zhang first heard about the basin of red earth, shaped like an ear, in 2008 from a traveler he rescued who was attempting to cross Da Qaidam, a county in the northern part of the basin. After several unsuccessful searches, Zhang finally found the Mars-like landscape two years later when he followed a dried-up riverbank deep into an immense red valley. Mysterious rock formations, the likes of which he had never seen, rose up out of the earth throughout the basin, creating a breathtaking landscape

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    Andrew Jones on China's Mars sample return mission.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...urn-plans.html

    China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

    The project would be a massive undertaking. But the plans appear serious, and if successful, the mission could result in major scientific discoveries and tremendous prestige—especially if NASA's plans for a similar mission don't get off the ground.

    China's space capabilities and ambitions have been growing rapidly in recent years. The country successfully launched two small space stations into Earth orbit and visited them with astronauts, while making rapid advances in robotically exploring the Moon.

    Now, China is looking to explore the wider solar system, starting with Mars—Huoxing, or literally 'fire star,' in Chinese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    China has already indicated they will be launching an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars in 2020. Now they are building a Mars simulation base.

    http://english.cctv.com/2017/07/28/A...OG170728.shtml
    The base has been completed.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1140707.shtml

    China has opened its first Mars simulation base to the public to encourage young people to get involved in space exploration.

    The Mars simulation base, which opened on Friday, is located in Mangai city, in Northwest China's Qinghai Province.

    The red rock area in the Qaidam Basin in Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet, said Gao Junling, the project founder.

    The region has the country's largest Yardang landform. The temperatures here vary greatly between day and night, similar to those on Mars, according to Gao.

    He said that participants could immerse themselves in the environment and try to solve problems they might face on Mars, such as planting potatoes on Mars for food supply and solar power generation.
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    "Inside view of Mars simulation base in Gansu"

    http://en.people.cn/n3/2019/0531/c90000-9583363.html

    Photo taken on May 29, 2019 shows a Mars simulation base in the barren, windswept hills of Jinchang City, Northwest China’s Gansu Province. Planned to cover 67 square kilometers, Mars Base 1 Camp will include nine modules including a greenhouse and a mock decompression chamber. Authorities hope the camp will boost tourism and allow visitors to feel as though they are on the Red Planet.
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    NASA's forum on China has the payloads broken down into orbitor, lander and rover.

    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...364#msg2003364

    Chinese 2020 Mars orbiter, lander and rover payloads
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    "China unveils first picture of its Mars explorer"

    http://www.ecns.cn/news/sci-tech/201...h5817067.shtml

    The China Aerospace Technology Corporation unveiled the first picture of the country's Mars explorer, a spacecraft set to be launched into Mars in 2020.

    "The mission is going smoothly. If no surprise, the Mars explorer is going to be launched in 2020, and land before 2021," said Ye Jianpei, chief scientist of Space Science and Deep-space Exploration with the Chinese Space Technology Academy.
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    see a one minute 18 second on China's Mars mission.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdj8-XSOAg8

    China unveils its 2020 Mars probe
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    "Watch China Simulate a Mars Landing for 2020 Mission to Red Planet (Video)"

    https://www.space.com/china-simulate...0-mission.html

    China just tested out its brand-new facility for simulating Mars landings, marking a big step in the nation's planned march to the Red Planet.

    The facility in northern China's Hebei Province includes a tower nearly 460 feet (140 meters) tall, a servo system and a Martian surface simulation area.

    The highly touted test yesterday (Nov. 14) is prelude to China launching a Mars mission in 2020 — a project that aims to complete orbiting, landing and roving all in one go, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "Watch China Simulate a Mars Landing for 2020 Mission to Red Planet (Video)"

    https://www.space.com/china-simulate...0-mission.html
    Have they announced a landing site yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superluminal View Post
    Have they announced a landing site yet?
    not that I know off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    not that I know off.
    Thanks

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