2020 Chinese Mars Mission

2020 Chinese Mars Mission
Mission type Technology, reconnaissance
Operator National Space Science Centre (NSSC)
Mission duration ≥ 1 Earth year[1]
Start of mission
Launch date July/August 2020 (proposed)[2][1]
Rocket Long March 5
Entered service
Mars orbiter
Spacecraft component orbiter
Orbital insertion 2021 (proposed)
Mars lander
Spacecraft component Lander/Rover
Landing date 2021 (proposed)
Mars rover
Spacecraft component Lander/Rover
Landing date 2021 (proposed)

The 2020 Chinese Mars Mission is a planned project by China to place a Mars orbiter, lander and rover on Mars. The mission is planned to be launched in July or August 2020[2][3] with a Long March 5 heavy lift rocket.[4][5][6]


China's Mars programme started in 2009 in a partnership with Russia. However, the Russian spacecraft Fobos-Grunt carrying a Chinese orbiter Yinghuo-1 crashed on November 9, 2011, after lift-off. After that, China started its own Mars project.[7]

The spacecraft is being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), and managed by the National Space Science Centre (NSSC) in Beijing.[4] This Mars mission would be a demonstration of technology needed for a Mars sample return mission proposed for the 2030s.[4] The lander carrying the rover will use a parachute, retrorockets, and an airbag to achieve landing.[8]

The rover will be powered by solar panels, probe the ground with radar, perform chemical analyses on the soil, and look for biomolecules and biosignatures.[1]

Scientific instruments

The notional payload consists of:[4]


See also


  1. 1 2 3 "China Exclusive: China's aim to explore Mars". Xinhua News. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  2. 1 2 "China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission". Reuters. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. "Interview with Zhang Rongqiao, the man behind China's mission to Mars". Youtube. Retrieved 24 August 2016. China Central Television
  4. 1 2 3 4 Jones, Andrew (22 February 2016). "China is racing to make the 2020 launch window to Mars". GB Times. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  5. Berger, Eric (22 February 2016). "China pressing ahead with orbiter and lander mission to Mars". ARS Technica. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  6. Lu, Shen (4 November 2016). "China says it plans to land rover on Mars in 2020". CNN News. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  7. Nan, Wu (24 June 2014). "Next stop - Mars: China aims to send rover to Red Planet within six years". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  8. Jones, Andrew (21 March 2016). "China reveals more details of its 2020 Mars mission". GB Times. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
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