【中国火星车首次亮相】

【中国火星车首次亮相】近日,中国火星车的外观设计造型在京公布,有6个轮子和4个太阳能车,预计2020年实施首个探测任务。将一次实现“环绕、着陆、巡视”三个目标,这是其他国家第一次实施火星探测从未有过的。该火星车要探测火星的形貌、土壤、环境、大气,研究火星上的水冰分布、物理场和内部结构。

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China has its sights set firmly on Mars and is aiming to launch its own rover to the red planet by 2020.

New images have today provided the first glimpse of what this rover might look like when it launches at the end of the decade.

As part of the announcement, China also launched a competition for members of the public to come up with a name and logo for the rover.

China, which is pouring billions into its space programme and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft 'around 2020' to orbit Mars, land and deploy the rover.

Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the project, said they were targeting July or August of that year for the launch, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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'The challenges we face are unprecedented,' the report quoted him as saying.

A Long March-5 carrier rocket will be dispatched from the Wenchang space launch centre in the southern island province of Hainan, Xinhua said, citing Ye Peijian, a mission consultant.

The lander will separate from the orbiter at the end of a journey of around seven months and touch down near the Martian equator, where the rover will explore the surface.

The 200 kilogram (441 pounds) rover has six wheels and four solar panels, and will operate for around 92 days.

It will carry 13 sets of equipment including a remote sensing camera and a ground-penetrating radar to study the soil, environment and inner structure of Mars and look for traces of water and ice.

China National Space Administration (CNSA) is an ambitious, military-run space programme that Beijing sees as symbolising the country's progress and a marker of its rising global stature.

The nation's first lunar rover was launched in late 2013, and while it had several mechanical troubles, it far outlived its expected lifespan, finally shutting down earlier this month.

But for the most part China has so far replicated activities that the US and Soviet Union pioneered decades ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3755789/China-unveils-2020-Mars-rover-concept-report.html


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