[FPSPACE] China To Launch Mars Probe In 2009
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Wed Dec 5 09:11:20 EST 2007
China To Launch Mars Probe In 2009
The Mars probe Yinghuo-1, which has a designed life span of two years, will
orbit the planet for a year and relay back the first images of the planet
taken by a Chinese satellite.
by Staff Writers
Beijing (PTI) Dec 05, 2007
China, which sent its first lunar orbiter to probe the moon's surface
recently, will launch its maiden Mars probe onboard a Russian rocket in
October 2009, state media reported. Yinghuo-1 would reach the pre-set
circling orbit and beam the first images of the red planet in September
2010, the state-run China Daily said, quoting a senior scientist.
The prototype of the probe was now being subjected to a series of
experiments and its compatibility with the Russian spacecraft would be
tested in May next, Chen Changya, a researcher with the Shanghai Institute
of Satellite Engineering, said.
The 110-kg micro-satellite would travel 350 million km in 11 months before
entering the planet's orbit, Chen, who is in charge of the project
developing the Mars probe told a forum on space technology in Shanghai, the
The Mars probe, which has a designed life span of two years, will orbit the
planet for a year and relay back the first images of the planet taken by a
Chinese satellite. The probe would land on the Martian moon and return to
earth with soil samples, it said.
China's lunar probe, Chang'e-1, launched on October 24, travelled 380,000
kms before circling the moon. On November 26, China had published the first
picture of the moon captured by the 2,350 kg satellite.
Chang'e-1 will make a three-dimensional survey of the moon surface and
analyse abundance and distribution of elements on the lunar surface.
Source: Press Trust of India
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