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China enters into a new phase following the launch of Tianwen-1 for Mars interplanetary exploration

Hyvinkaa, Finland-On Thursday, China’s Tianwen-1 Mars operation instigated effectively, opening a new level of deep space and interplanetary exploration. 

The Long March 5 rocket lifted off on the Tianwen-1 orbiter and a drifter from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 12:41 a.m. 

At around 40 minutes later, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation confirmed the useful Trans-Mars interjection. 

The orbiter soared the Long March 5 over the Philippines land and closed to the capital Manila. The used phases were designed to drop into the neighboring seas.

Class tracing ships of Yuanwang helped during the launch sendoff activities. It was supported by the European Space Agency’s ESTRACK faculties. It was anticipated that during the first attainment of the spaceship, the 25-meter antenna, located in Kourou, French Guiana would help to detach the spacecraft from its Long March 5 loftier.

The wet spaceship weighs approximately five metric tons and is now on its seventh-month space journey heading to Mars. 

In a CASC statement, Wu Yansheng, operation assistant commander-in-chief, affirmed that the Tianweb-1 operation is the first milestone project in activities of developing China’s aerospace supremacy. The service marks an essential venture for China’s aerospace to explore further and extensively into space. 

Tianwen-1 is planned to land at the Red Planet and enter into a highly oblique trajectory in next year February. From there, the spaceship will proceed to a neighboring polar path at a periapsis of 265 kilometers for 2-3 months before the rover makes a landing trial. 

Together, the rover and the orbiter all transport 13 science cargos to study varieties of the Martin surface, subsurface environment, magnetosphere, and the ambiance. 

Tianwen-1 marks the first line interplanetary operation ever carried out by China. In the coming decade, procedures such as Red Planet sample return, Voyager-like exploration missions, Jupiter system orbiter, and missions to neighboring-Earth objects are planned to take place. 

Postponed landing trial 

Postponing the landing attempts will give the orbiter more time to inspect the candidate landing locations with its cameras. In turn, the lander will receive the information needed for making the landing attempt. 

China chose some part of Utopia Planitia, South of Viking 2, as the landing area for the rover that weighs 240 kilograms. 

The rover was made to last for three months of the Red Planet, carrying six types of equipment, including laser-breakdown spectroscopy trial. The rover has cargos that are similar to climate and magnetic field sensors. It will also transport radar for ground dissemination.