China completes experiment for landing on Mars

  • Sunday 17, November 2019 08:16 AM
  • China completes experiment for landing on Mars
Sharjah24 – Reuters: China announced Thursday that it will launch its first Mars exploration mission in 2020, as it has completed the first experiment simulating a probe hovering, avoiding obstacles and descending to Mars in Huailai County of north China's Hebei Province.
Officials from the China National Space Administration said the mission is to conduct a global and comprehensive exploration of Mars and make detailed surveys of key areas of the Martian surface.

Zhang Rongqiao, chief designer of China's first Mars exploration mission, said the experiment simulated the process of landing on the red planet, and verified the design accuracy.

The experiment was held on a test ground, the largest in Asia for test landing on extraterrestrial bodies. The experiment simulated the gravity of Mars, about one-third of the gravity on Earth, to test the design of the lander.