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China will collect samples of the Moon this year and explore Mars by 2020


China Announce this Monday, January 14 of 2019, the intention of continuing to expand its program of space exploration with one mission of collection of samples of the Moon this year and another by 2020 the object will be MarsThe deputy director of the National Space Agency of China (ANEC), Wu Yanhua.

After that Chinese probe Change 4 Alunizara "with total success" last day 3 at Hidden face of the Moon For the first time in history, the plans of Beijing pass through transport to the Earth fragments of the satellite: "The mission of collecting samples of the Change 5 It is scheduled for the end of 2019, "Wu said.

These samples would reach the blue planet "by 2020," the number two of the ANEC, the same date for which "the first mission of the Mars exploration" is planned, some companies – noted Wu- open to international capital participation.

Other of the next missions, especially the one planned Change 8, will try to prove "key technologies"And" carry out a preliminary exploration, "the speaker said, in the face of the construction of a scientific base to the Moon in the future for which, despite this, he refused to give deadlines.

Wu also did not detail dates for a possible one manned mission to the Moon, a supposed "they are studying Chinese scientists"At the moment" in the research phase and not yet in the decision-making process ".

With respect to the current mission, Change 4, its chief engineer, Sun Zezhou, minimized the difficulties from terrain with which you could hit it vehicle explorer at face hidden of the Moon, since the 360 ​​degree photo published last Friday, January 11 in the ANEC showed a dazzling terrain of craters.

However, the expert indicated that "if there is an obstacle in front, the vehicle will stop and he will look for another way autonomously. Also, I should be able to adapt easily to the obstacles and the rises ".

The Change 4 is composed of an assembly module and a scout vehicle, which has been named as Yutu 2 (In Chinese mythology, "Yutu" means "rabbit of jade", The mascot of Change, a goddess who lives on the moon).

The probe took less than a month to reach its goal: it was launched on December 8, entered lunar orbit four days later and made its alliance on the 3rd of July at 10:26 China time (02:26 a.m. GMT time).

The Change program began with the launch of a first probe in 2007, and since then it has brought four devices closer to the only Earth satellite.

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