The red planet, the next goal? Indeed, just three days after the United Arab Emirates launched its probe, China also launched its own. This independent and 100% Chinese mission should allow Beijing to send its spacecraft to Mars before a remote-controlled robot leaves.
This Thursday, it was 6:41 a.m. when the Longue-Marche 5 rocket took off from Wenchang, on the island of Hainan. Thirty minutes later, the Tianwen-1 mission was confirmed to be a real success. From now on, the journey promises to be long and complicated. For seven months, the five-ton machine will travel through space before entering orbit around the planet Mars. After two months around the red planet and spotting, the rocket will finally be able to land.
The Chinese probe, sent to Mars
But that does not mean that success will be there. Indeed, the atmosphere of Mars is dense and the braking does not operate as on our planet. Thus, in the event that the braking is not carried out in the right way, the probe sent into space will not be attracted to the ground of the red planet. In the event that everything should go well, a remote-controlled robot could then exit the probe, before carrying out some small analyzes and other experiments.
An important mission for the future
This robot will thus be able to take photos of the surface of the planet Mars, but also to carry out small analyzes, in particular at the level of the magnetic field or the underground ice. This mission will inevitably be closely scrutinized by experts, who are waiting to see where China is in its technological advances. In addition, this mission could help prepare the ground for the first mission to Mars, during which men will be sent there.