HUAILAI, China (Reuters) ̵1; China on Thursday successfully completed a lander test in northern Hebei province ahead of an unmanned exploration mission on Mars next year.
China is on track to launch the Mars mission in 2020, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said Thursday. Zhang spoke ahead of the avoidance-and-barrier test for the owner.
The journey to space will take about seven months, while the landing will take seven minutes, said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars exploration program.
The test was conducted at a burning landing test site in Huailai, northwest of Beijing.
China develops a powerful Long March 5 rocket to send the probe to Mars by 2020.
The same rocket is intended to deliver the Chang & # 39; e-5 investigation of the moon by the end of 2019 or early next year to bring back samples of lunar rocks.
The probe-4 probe was successfully touched on in the distant part of the month in January this year, a historic first and major breakthrough for China's space program.
China made its first lunar landing in 2013.
China expects to complete a modular space station around 2022, by the time NASA says it will begin building a new space in the space to orbit the moon, as a stop in the pit. for missions to other parts of the solar system.
In 2003, China became the third country to place a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States.
Since then, it has been a career to meet in Russia and the United States and become a major space station by 2030.
(Reporting by Martin Pollard; Writing by Ryan Woo and Liangping Gao; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan )