China has shown the world what it is capable of. It has revealed the design for its Mars Rover.
China hopes to reach the Red Planet one day. That day could be as near in time as five years from now. Already pics of the orbiter, lander and rover have flooded the public arena.
This is just four months after the mission was announced. Among some of the salient objectives are: studying Mars’ terrain including its soil, milieu, climate and reactions of any water and ice on the surface.
China has made quite some progress in recent decades in the exploration of space. The Chang’e 3 lander reached the moon about three years ago.
Also the Jade Rabbit rover was deployed but it failed after a few technical glitches. The Mars mission is not a walk in the park. It is something which will take a whole lot of sophistication and effort on the part of the Chinese.
Solar power is one issue since Mars’ atmosphere does not allow much in the way of the sun’s rays. Besides landing on Mars, contact with earth will be quite a challenge.
The images which have reached the public show that the Mars rover has six wheels and four solar panels. It has a weight that amounts to 200 kg. The space vehicle will probably last for three months (that is months in terms of Martian time).
A total of 13 payloads will be held by the rover. These include in their repertoire a remote sensing camera and a ground penetrating radar, according to South China Morning Post.
Also the water and ice on the inner parts of the planet will be studied using this apparatus. The lander will detach from the orbiter and make a soft landing on the surface of Mars.
The rover will then explore the terrain of the Red Planet. The technological components for the Mars mission have been manufactured and things are beginning to pick up speed.
A competition program was also held to decide the name and brand insignia for the mission. One of the officials linked with the mission spoke of how it would be a great source of pride for the Chinese people.
China attempted to land a mission on Mars five years ago but it failed due to a malfunction or two. That is why the utmost care is being taken that no such glitch takes place this time around.