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Long Five 'in Place', Target: Mars

Jul 20, 2020

On July 17, the Long March 5 Yaosi carrier rocket completed the final assembly test of the technology zone at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in China, and was transported vertically to the launch area. It is planned to select the opportunity to implement China’s first Mars exploration mission (planetary) from late July to early August. Exploration Engineering Tianwen No. 1 mission).

After the Long March 5 Yaosi carrier rocket arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in China at the end of May, it has completed the final assembly and testing in accordance with the flight mission test launch process. At 8 o'clock in the morning on July 17, the mobile launch platform drove out of the vertical test plant at the launch site. After driving smoothly for about 2 hours, the Long March 5 Yao-4 launch vehicle was safely transferred to the launch area. Later, after completing the functional inspection and joint testing of the rocket and confirming the final state, the rocket will be filled with propellant and launch as planned.

This mission is the first practical launch of the Long March 5 series of carrier rockets, and it is also the first time that my country's carrier rockets have carried out an Earth-Mars transfer orbit launch mission.

China’s first Mars exploration mission was approved in January 2016. The mission’s goal is to achieve Mars circumnavigation, landing and patrol detection through a single launch, and to obtain scientific data for Mars exploration, which will take the first step in my country’s planetary exploration.