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China plans to launch Mars probe in 2020

(People's Daily Online)    08:39, November 04, 2015

At the exhibition stand of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the Mars probe, which is in golden color, is placed in the center of the exhibition area on Nov. 2, and the engineers are preparing it for the next day’s display. (Photo/Xinhua)

The Mars probe independently developed by China will debut at the 17th China International Industry Fair held from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 in Shanghai, Xinhua reported.

At the exhibition stand of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the golden Mars probe is taking center stage.

According to Niu Shengda, a satellite expert from the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, China's Mars probe will fulfill two missions: global remote sensing of Mars and a landing inspection and survey. Therefore, the Mars probe has two parts: an orbiting device and a lander. The ratio of the exhibited Mars probe and the real object is 1:3. The probe is equipped with a white high gain antenna, which will help the communication between the earth and Mars. 

After years of research, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has made major breakthroughs in many key technologies and the Mars probe is planned to be launched in 2020. 

The Mars exploration rover principal sample machine debuted at Shanghai Industry Fair in November 2014. (Photo/CNS)

The Mars rover model displayed at the Zhuhai Air Show in November 2014. (File photo)

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