Following India and UAE, the Chinese mars probe has achieved the feat to reach the red planet’s orbit in its very first mission. The probe named Tianwen-1 reached the planet on Wednesday at around 7:52 pm. As per the statement provided by the China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) to the state media, the probe is orbiting elliptically at a distance of around 400 kilometres from the planet.
The landmark event has listed China as the sixth country to successfully place a probe to orbit the mars, following Soviet Union, United States, Europe, India and the UAE. The achievement came just after 24 hrs of the successful maneuver of the UAE’s mars mission “Hope” into the orbit.
The Chinese mission weighing over five tons with height and dia of around four meters is claimed to the heaviest and the largest ever on the Red planet’s expedition.
The probe is planned to land on the planet in the month of May until then it is made to revolve around and examine the feasibility of the landing spot along with the study of the surface of the planet. Uthopia Planitia, the largest plain on the Red planet near the equator is said to be the possible landing site for the mission.
The mission aimed at achieving the unique feat to be the first Mars expedition to successfully complete the orbiting, landing and roving in a single mission has the four key scientific objectives.
- Orbiting the planet for comprehensive observation.
- Landing on the surface of the planet.
- Deploying a rover to expedite the surface.
- And conduct the scientific study of the soil, geological structure, environment, atmosphere and the water.
The probe launched on July 23, 2020, is designed to complete all the three technical manoeuvres of orbiting, landing and roving in one single mission. If the Chinese space agency achieves all of its objectives, it will be first time that a single mars mission will do so. Along with this, it will also have a solid foundation for the country’s future mars missions which includes collecting samples and returning to earth and a man mission to the Red planet.