On November 14, 2019, China’s National Space Administration invited some foreign embassies and international organizations to visit the hover barrier test of China’s first Mars exploration mission lander in Huailai, Hebei Province, and visit the relevant test facilities. This is the first public appearance of China’s Mars exploration mission, and is also an important step for China to carry out practical international space exchanges and cooperation.
Mars exploration is the current international frontier of scientific and technological innovation activities, safe landing is one of the most difficult challenges of Mars exploration mission. The lander hover barrier test was carried out at asia’s largest integrated extraterrestrial object landing test site, simulating the process of hovering, avoiding barrier sand and slowing down under the Martian gravity environment (the acceleration of Mars gravity is about 1/3 of the Earth), and comprehensively verifying the design accuracy.
China’s first Mars exploration mission is scheduled to be launched in 2020, with the goal of a mission to orbit and land Mars, conduct a global and comprehensive exploration of Mars, and conduct detailed surveys of key areas of the Martian surface.
It is reported that about 70 ambassadors and envoys from 19 embassies in China, including France, Italy and Brazil, representatives of the European Union, the African Union mission in China, the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and Chinese and foreign media participated in the event