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China Plans Mars Mission In 2020

China Plans Mars Mission In 2020

China is planning an unmanned mission to mars. The surface of mars is one of the hardest places to visit but China has a plan. The vehicle will consist of three parts an orbiter, landing capsule, and a rover. The landing capsule will deploy a parachute to slow its approach and use thrusters to apply a braking effect. When it gets close enough to the surface, landing legs will deploy. The US used a similar maneuver when it landed curiosity on mars in 2012. The mission's goal is to study mars surface and atmosphere. China previously attempted a mission to mars in 2011. The craft failed to leave earth's orbit and was destroyed over the pacific ocean. The country hopes to launch this mission around 2020. 

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