China plans more Mars probes before 2030

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 23:32

Beijing: China is planning a three-phase Mars space mission to collect samples from the Red Planet by 2030, the chief scientist of the country`s lunar orbiter project said today.
The three stages are remote sensing, soft-landing, exploration and return after collecting automatic sampling, Ouyang Ziyuan said at a lecture organised by Chinese Society of Astronautics.

Ouyang also briefed on the tests of China`s lunar probe of the Chang`e-3, a moon-landing orbiter expected to be launched in the second half of 2013, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Chang`e-3 programme could help build a telecommunication network that covers a future Mars probe, Ouyang said.

He said that Chang`e-5 was expected to return to earth with samples from the moon.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 23:32
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