The Beijing Space Administration said on Friday that China’s “Zhu Rong” rover is part of its ambitious space program, which has launched a probe to Mars and will attempt to land in the “red challengingly” in the next five days. On the planet.
If Beijing succeeds in advancing its ambitious space ambitions, the tricky landing that succeeds, if it succeeds, will be several months later than the latest U.S. exploration of Mars.
The China National Space Administration said in an online statement: “Based on the current flight status, the Astronomy-1 probe intends to choose an opportunity… to land between early Saturday morning Beijing time and Wednesday Beijing time.”
In July last year, the launch of the Astronomy 1 Mars probe marked an important milestone in China’s space program, which Beijing believes is a sign of its growing global status and technological strength.
The official tabloid Global Times said on Friday that the spacecraft entered Mars orbit in February and has now entered a “critical touchdown phase.” It will land on a vast northern lava plain called “Utopia Planitia”.
A top aerospace expert estimates that the rover named after the mythical Chinese god of fire will surface in the early hours of Beijing time, and social media rumors are Saturday.
The complex landing process is called “Seven Minutes of Terror” because it occurs faster than the speed at which radio signals can reach Earth from Mars, which means that communication is limited.
In the past, many attempts by the United States, Russia and Europe to land on Mars have all failed. The most recent was in 2016, when Schiaparelli’s joint Russian-European spacecraft crashed.
The latest successful arrival was in February, when NASA landed its Perseverance rover and has been exploring the earth ever since.
The American Mars rover launched a small robotic helicopter on Mars. This is the first time in history that it has conducted a powered flight on another planet.
This Chinese rover uses six-wheel solar power and weighs about 240 kilograms. It will collect and analyze rock samples on the surface of Mars.
Expect to stay there for about three months.
If successful, China will be the first country in the world to perform missions to Mars, landing and patrolling operations.
It will become the third country to safely land on the Red Planet after Russia and the United States.
The country has come a long way in catching up with the United States and Russia. Astronauts and astronauts from the United States and Russia have decades of experience in space exploration.
China successfully launched the first module of the new space station last month, hoping that it will be launched before 2022 and eventually send humans to the moon.
Last week, part of China’s Long March 5B rocket broke up out of control over the Indian Ocean and landed back on Earth.
This has aroused criticism from the United States and other countries, and violated the norms of transporting space debris back to the earth. Officials said these residues may endanger lives and property.