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China's Mars Exploration Mission Debuted For The First Time

Nov 15, 2019

At the invitation of the China National Space Administration, some foreign embassies and international organizations visited the Huailai River in Hebei Province on the 14th to observe the first Chinese Mars exploration mission lander hovering obstacle avoidance test and visit the relevant test facilities. The test simulates the process of hovering, obstacle avoidance and slow descending of the lander in the Martian environment, and comprehensively verifies the correctness of its design. This is not only the first public appearance of China's Mars exploration mission, but also an important measure for China's pragmatic international space exchange and cooperation.

Mars exploration is the current international technological innovation activity, and safe landing is one of the most difficult challenges of Mars exploration mission. According to reports, China's first Mars exploration mission is scheduled to be implemented in 2020. The goal is to achieve a round-the-round and landing inspection of Mars through a launch mission, conduct global and comprehensive exploration of Mars, and conduct detailed inspections of key areas on the surface of Mars. The lander hovering obstacle avoidance test was conducted at Asia's largest extraterrestrial celestial landing test site, simulating the Martian gravity environment (the Martian gravity acceleration is about 1/3 of the Earth).

Zhang Kejun, director of the National Space Administration, attended the observation event and delivered a welcome speech. He said that exploring the vast universe is the common dream of all mankind. China advocates strengthening international exchanges and cooperation in space and sharing the achievements of space development on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, peaceful use and inclusive development. China National Space Administration is willing to join hands with space agencies, space science research entities and foreign space science enthusiasts to strengthen cooperation in the follow-up major aerospace engineering tasks, jointly promote the development of the aerospace industry, and promote the building of a community of human destiny and promote human civilization and society. Progress, contributing more wisdom and strength.

Over the past 60 years, China Aerospace Development has actively promoted international cooperation. It has signed more than 140 space cooperation agreements with 45 countries and international organizations, jointly developed Sino-French marine satellites and astronomical satellites with France, and jointly developed Sino-Italian electromagnetic satellites with Italy. The China-Pakistan Earth Resources series satellite jointly developed with Brazil is known as the model of "South-South high-tech cooperation"; it has carried out active activities in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Argentina and other countries in the mission of the No. 4 mission. International cooperation, and in April this year, announced the cooperation opportunities announcement on the No. 6 and asteroid exploration. At the recent GEO conference, it was announced that the 16-meter resolution optical data of the high-scoring No.1 and No.6 satellites will be open to the world. These initiatives have brought benefits to the expansion of the sharing of space technology achievements by more countries, especially developing countries, and the promotion of social and economic development.