China Mars Mission: No Slacking Off


Credit score: CNSA

As China’s Tianwen-1 probe orbits Mars, area officers in that nation face daunting challenges in deploying a lander/rover onto the floor of the Purple Planet.

“The management course of is easy and profitable. [The probe] was captured by Mars’ gravity precisely as anticipated and entered the orbit,” Cui Xiaofeng, chief engineer of the Mars exploration crew of Beijing Aerospace Management Middle advised China Central Tv (CCTV) in an interview.

On Wednesday, with a hefty weight of greater than 5 tons, Tianwen-1 braked itself into an elliptical orbit round Mars. The almost seventh month voyage adopted its launch on July 23, 2020. The spacecraft’s closest distance from the Martian floor is roughly 250 miles (400 kilometers).


Credit score: CCTV/Inside Outer Area screengrab

Only the start

“We’ve achieved a profitable outcome this time, however that is only the start,” Wu Yanhua, deputy head of China Nationwide Area Administration (CNSA) and likewise deputy commander of the mission, advised CCTV. Nonetheless to return is touchdown and roving Mars. “We’re wanting ahead to the success of the entire mission,” Wu stated.

From Mars orbit, payloads aboard the orbiter, together with medium and excessive decision cameras and numerous particle analyzers, will begin working and perform surveys of the planet.


Zhang Kejian, head of the CNSA.
Credit score: CCTV/Inside Outer Area screenshot

Parking orbit

Tianwen-1 will conduct a number of orbital corrections to enter a brief Mars parking orbit, and likewise survey potential touchdown websites in preparation for the mission’s lander/rover deployment in Might or June.


Early map indicating China’s Mars touchdown areas.
Courtesy: James Head

Zhang Kejian, head of the CNSA in addition to chief commander of China’s first Mars exploration mission, stated that thus far the mission is profitable, “however we will’t be self-contented.”

Zhang added: “We should not slack off till the ultimate profitable touchdown on Mars 100 days later.”


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