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Tianwen-1 Mars Rover, China's 2020 Mission
Paolo
post Jun 17 2016, 09:20 AM
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lots of papers on Mars exploration in the latest issue of the Chinese Journal of Deep Space Exploration (in Chinese, of course)
http://jdse.bit.edu.cn/sktcxben/ch/reader/...mp;quarter_id=2
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post Aug 24 2016, 12:10 PM
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Hi - A few news outlets are carrying stories about the 2020 Chinese Mars rover.
This one talks about "13 payloads" - http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-po...ed-mission-mars
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The probe will carry 13 payloads including a remote sensing camera and a ground penetrating radar which can be used to study the soil, environment and atmosphere of Mars.
It can also study the distribution of water and ice and the planet’s inner structure.

Does anyone have more information, or links to public documents about what these payloads are?
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post Aug 24 2016, 11:31 PM
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Nothing concrete on the experiment package that I could find. I'm wondering if the lander will act as a stationary laboratory, or at least photograph the rover.
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post Aug 25 2016, 01:02 AM
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Interesting that the egress is the same as the lunar rovers (two thin rails like a ramp). They look so fragile! Though to be fair so do airbags and skycranes until one sees them in operation.
I do like the 'wings' in the style of MER, aesthetics is always helped by symmetry....
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post Jun 28 2018, 12:32 PM
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Candidate Landing Sites mars.gif
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post Apr 24 2020, 03:19 AM
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Is this the only thread we have on this mission? Time for an update. Launch in July, and now a name.

From a thread on the 9ifly forum:

http://www.9ifly.cn/thread-93048-6-1.html

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[Scheduled! # China ’s first Mars exploration mission named Tianwenyihao #] April 24 is the fifth “Chinese Space Day”, the name of China ’s first Mars exploration mission and the mission logo will be launched at the 2020 China Space Day Announced on. The Chinese planetary exploration mission was named "Tianwen" series, the first Mars exploration mission was named "Tianwen-1", and the subsequent planetary missions were numbered sequentially. According to reports, the name is derived from Qu Yuan ’s long poem "Questions of Heaven"*, which expresses the tenacity and perseverance of the Chinese nation in the pursuit of truth, and embodies the cultural inheritance of the exploration of nature and cosmic space. Endless. The mission logo symbolizing "Lan Xing Jiutian" shows the image of the unique letter "C", which brings together the multiple meanings of China's planetary exploration (China), international cooperation spirit (Cooperation), and the ability of deep space exploration into space (C3). Demonstrated the concept and attitude of China's open space cooperation. (People's Daily Client)

* or 'To ask the Heavens'

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post Apr 25 2020, 06:29 AM
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Topic renamed to reflect mission name. Thanks, Phil! smile.gif


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post Apr 25 2020, 06:13 PM
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-yihao is just how you pronounce -1 in Chinese. The written form of the mission name should be Tianwen-1.

Noted. Title changed. Thanks!
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