China’s Mars craft enters parking lot before landing rover

BEIJING (AP) – China says its Tienwen-1 spacecraft has entered temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of a rover landing on the Red Planet next month.

The China National Space Administration said the spacecraft conducted a maneuver to adjust its orbit as early as Wednesday morning and will remain in the new orbit for about three months before attempting to land. During that time, it will map the surface of Mars and collect more information using its cameras and other sensors, especially about its potential landing site.

He went to the U.S. last Thursday near the ancient river delta in the Jezero Crater to look for signs of ancient microscopic life. Perseverance follows the landing of the rover.

Successful bid to launch Tianvan-1 Then make China another country. China’s solar-powered vehicle will collect data about groundwater and find evidence that the Earth once sheltered microscopic life.

Tianwen, the title of an ancient poem, means “Quest for Heavenly Truth.”

It is notoriously difficult to land a spacecraft on Mars. Missed about a dozen orbital traces. In 2011, the Mars-bound Chinese orbiter, which was part of a Russian mission, was not taken out of Earth’s orbit.

China’s effort will include parachutes, rocket fire and airbags. Its proposed landing site is a large, rocky strip of land called Utopia Planetia, where the U.S. Viking 2 lander approached.

On Tuesday, February 10, Tianwan 1 arrived in the United Arab Emirates. All three latest missions were launched in July to take advantage of the close alignment between Earth and Mars which occurs only once every two years.

Tianwen-1 represents China’s most ambitious mission for a secret, military-linked space program that first launched an astronaut into orbit around the Earth in 2003 and the first lunar rocks to return to Earth since the 1970s last year. China was also the first country to launch a spacecraft on the side that explored the moon a little in 2019.

China is also building a permanent space station and a crew lunar mission to the moon and a possible permanent research center, although no dates have been suggested yet.

On Monday, a giant Long March-5BY2 rocket was moved into space for assembly and testing at the Venchang spacecraft launch site in Henan Province, before it launches the main module of the space station, Tinhendad. The launch is scheduled for the first part of this year, the first of 11 missions over the next two years to build the station.

At the insistence of the United States, China is not participating in the International Space Station.

The space program is a source of enormous national pride in China and the Tiananmen-1 has attracted particularly strong foothold among the people. Tourists flocked to the tropical Henan Island to watch the launch, while others visited mock Mars colonies in desert sites with white domes, airports and spacesuits.