China's first Mars orbiter in Russia for launch: state media

Aug 06, 2009
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows Mars in 2005. China's first satellite to probe Mars has been transported to Russia for a launch later this year, state media reported Thursday.

China's first satellite to probe Mars has been transported to Russia for a launch later this year, state media reported Thursday.

Yinghuo-1, the 110-kilogramme (242-pound) Chinese , is scheduled to be launched along with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" aboard a Zenit rocket in October after final testing, the Beijing News said.

After entering Mars' -- 10 to 11 months later -- the orbiter will probe the Martian environment, with a special focus on what happened to the water that appears to have once been abundant on the planet's surface.

The satellite, developed by the Shanghai Space Administration, will carry eight pieces of equipment including two cameras, the report said.

China became the third nation to put a man into space when Yang Liwei piloted the one-man Shenzhou-5 in 2003.

Last September, the Shenzhou-7, piloted by three "taikonauts" or astronauts, carried out China's first space walk.

China will launch a space module next year and carry out the nation's first space docking in 2011 as a step towards its goal of building a space station, state media said earlier.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: James Webb Space Telescope's giant sunshield test unit unfurled first time

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Shenzhou 6 Tab: US$111m

Oct 18, 2005

China has spent 900 million yuan (US$111.2 million) on its successful second manned space mission and has great interest in launching commercial satellites for global clients, a senior official said.

Recommended for you

Titan offers clues to atmospheres of hazy planets

16 minutes ago

When hazy planets pass across the face of their star, a curious thing happens. Astronomers are not able to see any changes in the range of light coming from the star and planet system.

Having fun with the equation of time

26 minutes ago

If you're like us, you might've looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was.

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

19 hours ago

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system.

End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

Jul 27, 2014

Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

jsovine
2 / 5 (1) Aug 06, 2009
China will launch a space module next year and carry out the nation's first space docking in 2011 as a step towards its goal of building a space station, state media said earlier.


While ours descends into the atmosphere burning to a crisp...