China To Head To The Red Planet By 2020

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China has unveiled the first images of its upcoming Mars Rover which will blast off for the Red planet in 2020.

The Chinese martian rover is expected to hit the surface of Mars in 2021 which will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that the rover will weigh in at 200 kilograms and will be powered by four solar panels. The Martian rover will travel around Mars with the help of six wheels.

The Mars Mission will blast off from Earth in July or August of 2020 on a six to seven-month journey to the surface of Mars. The Chinese mission will separate from the orbiter at the end of the journey and touchdown in a low latitude area in the northern hemisphere of Mars.

The mission will carry 13 payloads including ground penetrating radar which will be used to explore the surface of the Red Planet for a total of three months. 

China is one of only three countries to put a human being into space using its own rockets. In 2013, China'sChang'e-3 craft and Jade Rabbit rover completed the first soft-landing on the moon since 1976. China plans to put a man on the moon by 2036.

However, China is a bit behind on the journey to Mars as countries like the United States, Russia/USSR along with the European Union and India have already sent missions to orbit Mars before the Communist nation.

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Story first published: Friday, August 26, 2016, 17:06 [IST]
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