- It was officially announced by China National Space Administration (CNSA) that China will launch Tianwen-1 in July.
- Could this project be another successful step ahead for humanity’s discoveries?
According to China National Space Administration (CNSA)’s announcement;
China will launch its first mission Tianwen-1 or also envisioned as the “Quest for Heavenly Truth” this coming July 2020.
The spacecraft to be launched includes an orbiter, a lander and a rover or a triad that no other country has accomplished on its first expedition to planet Mars.
The “Quest for Heavenly Truth”
If this exploration will be proven successful, the mission would highlight an intense step up for the space program of China. In addition, it will also include China ‘among the elite companies’
Said by Mason Peck who is an aerospace engineer in Cowell University of the United States.
China has formerly created several cosmological landers
China has formerly created several cosmological landers.
On the other hand, China’s only other attempt to land on Mars. An orbiter launched together with a Russian mission to the Martian moon called ‘Phobos’ did not have a positive result.
As of the moment, only 10 out of 18 lander and rover missions to Mars have landed. For the drilldown of information, nine of these successful landings were made by NASA and one was by Russia
However, upon arrival to planet Mars, the landers always, (sometimes, ‘almost immediately’) lose their communications.
The chief mission architect of CNSA, Zhang Rongqiao, said in July 2019 speech that their goal is not just to land, but also to embark on a journey and gather as much scientific and advanced data as possible.
Aside from this, however, the CNSA has let out a few common details of its mission to the press and has not yet released an announcement about which of the two potential landing sites does it prefer.
According to a planetary scientist at Ariza State University named Jim bell, he speculates that CNSA engineers are seeking to specifically conduct a demonstration of a safe landing.
Seeking to conduct a demonstration of a safe landing
According to previous reports, the Tianwen-1 should be able to reach the vicinity of Mars within 7 months of departure from Earth. On the other hand, the orbiter will only be able to discharge the lander after counting several more months.
After finishing the process, the orbiter will be next expected to pass on communications from Mars to Earth for an estimation of 23 months also considered as one Martian year.
In the near future within this year, China also has its plans to launch Chang’e 5’s mission – or also known as the journey to take rocks from the moon and bring them back to the Earth.
This mission is something that has no longer been done since the 1976 Soviet Union Luna mission.
If the Tianwen-1 and Chang’e 5 mission will go according to what has been planned, CNSA has suggested that the project may attempt to return actual samples from Mars from approximately year 2030.
Will this advancement bring us to a new terrestrial journey and solve inhabitation troubles?
- As humanity goes beyond further advancement and knowledge digging, could this mission be another fruitful step up for Earthlings?
- Will this advancement bring us to a new terrestrial journey and solve inhabitation troubles?
- Or will it just lead humanity to another territorial destruction?