Mars:China Releases Concept Images of Equipment It Plans to Use for Mission to Planet
The country’s space program presented its design for the space probe and rover it plans to use to explore the planet’s surface and atmosphere. The mission is scheduled to launch in 2020.
The six-wheeled rover it’s blasting off to space in 2020 will be larger than Yutu at 441 pounds. It will be equipped with 13 different instruments, including a radar that can drill into the ground and a remote-sensing camera, to take a closer look at the Martian soil and environment. Like Yutu, it’s only supposed to gather and beam back data for three months, though it could also last a lot longer than that.