In 2020, China will launch a space camera on Mars – said the main designer of the Chinese Moon Exploration Program Wu Wei-Ren at the opening of the People’s Political Consultative Conference in China.
The recording of the scientist’s speech was published by the CCTV + station.
Next year, a Mars probe will be launched, which will take flight, landing and probing the planet. If this happens, China will be the third country after the US and Russia, who managed to do it – said the specialist.
He added that the Chinese Chang’e 5 probe, which is to deliver lunar soil tests to Earth, will start in late 2019.
However, the moon is not the only subject of rivalry between the great powers – in January it was reported that in mid-2020 China is going to launch an orbiter towards Mars and a lander with a robot rover. The HX-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover) space mission will allow you to explore the geology and atmosphere of the Red Planet and look for signs of life on it.