China has just tested its brand new facility to simulate Mars Landings taking a big step forward on the nation's planned march to the Red Planet.
The plant in Hebei Province, northern China, comprises a tower that is almost 140 meters high, a servo system and a Mars surface simulation area.
The test announced yesterday (November 14) is the prelude to China's launch of a Mars mission in 2020 – a project that, according to the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA), orbiting and landing Moving at once has the goal.
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The recent experiment simulated the gravity of Mars, which is about three-eighths of Earth's gravity to test the construction of the lander used in China by the State is operated The Xinhua News Agency reported .
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China needed to build the new facility to simulate landing operations under the influence of Mars Zhang Rongqiao, chief designer of China's first Mars exploration mission, told Xinhua:
A red platform in the middle of the pylons is fixed with 36 steel cables. According to Xinhua, the platform is able to simulate the gravitational environment of Mars through precise control.
On the ground beneath the pylon tower, engineers created slopes and craters to mimic the Martian surface.
Obstacle Avoidance Mode
According to Xinhua, yesterday's test confirmed several procedures, including the separation of the lander from the main body of the spacecraft from a height of 70 meters (230 feet); float to 67 m above the surface and look for a safe touchdown point; 19659002 Zhang Kejian, Administrator of CNSA, told Xinhua that China's Mars exploration program has made good progress since its official launch in 2016. The Marslander avoidance test is a crucial step for the project, according to Xinhua.
Leonard David is the author of the recently published book " Moon Rush: The New Space Race " by National Geographic in May 2019. As a longtime author for Space.com, David has been reporting for more than five decades about the space industry. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook .