China has revealed out ever first pictures of a rover intends to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which was created to investigate the planet surface for three months, state media said, the most recent purpose of China’s ambitious space program.
China in 2003 became the third nation to place a surviver in space after the former Soviet Union and America with its rocket.
The latest manned space mission of China is aiming for a manned moon landing and is expected in October.
“The challenges we face are unprecedented,” Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, said, according to Xinhua.
The probe would carry 13 payloads including a remote sensing camera and a ground penetrating radar, on what is expected to be a three-month exploration mission blasting off in July or August 2020, the report added.
“The lander will separate from the orbiter at the end of a journey of around seven months and touch down in a low latitude area in the northern hemisphere of Mars where the rover will explore the surface,” it said.
The Beijing News included that the northern hemisphere was as bad a spot to use solar power but that the geographical states were not worse.
Improving China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the state to create itself.
China insists its program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Defense Department has emphasized China’s raising space capacities, saying it’s pursuing actions planned to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets in a disaster.
Apart from its civilian dreams, Beijing has examined anti-satellite missiles, and the U.S. Congress has prohibited NASA from participating in cooperation with its Chinese counterpart due to security issues.