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China Likely To Launch First Probe To Explore Mars' Surface In 2013
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Beijing, China (XNA) Mar 03, 2011

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China is likely to launch its first probe to explore the surface of Mars in 2013, a chief scientist said here Wednesday.

"Mars is the first choice for mankind's interplanetary explorations as it is the closest Earth-like planet to Earth and could have life and be turned into a habitable place," Ye Peijian, chief scientist of deep space exploration at the China Academy of Space Technology, told Xinhua.

The mission will use China-made rockets, observation device and detector, said Ye, member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, before the annual session of the country's top political advisory body, which is scheduled to open Thursday.

China will update and modify its lunar probes to develop a Mars probe, he said.

The probe should either be launched in November 2013 when Mars and Earth are closest to each other, or failing that in 2016, he said, adding that the probe will be equipped with the latest developed detector.

However, the plan needs government approval first, he added.

China's Mars explorer, Yinghuo-1, is scheduled to be launched from a Russian rocket in November this year to probe the space environment and magnetic fields of Mars.


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China Mars probe set for November launch
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 21, 2011
China's first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, two years later than originally planned, state media reported Monday. China's Mars explorer, Yinghuo-1, marks the country's first attempt at deep space exploration after sending a probe to the moon, the state-run China Daily reported, citing comments from a China Academy of Space Technology official. The 110-kil ... read more

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