China's space agency has just released the first photo of the spacecraft to be launched to Mars on 2020
In the image released by the site CGTN shows the ship encapsulated with a kind of cocoon, but still can not see more details of it.The trip is expected to last seven months, with a mission divided into three quite indispensable tasks, among them, examination of the Martian atmosphere.
According to Ye Jianpei, chief scientist of the agency's space exploration department, if there are no surprises, the Martian explorer will even be launched on 2020, landing on Mars before 2021.
A rocket Long march 5 will be responsible for sending it into space, taking it into Earth's orbit, taking advantage of the favorable launch window due to the cosmic event known as Mars opposition, which usually occurs every 26 months, allowing the equipment to travel a shorter distance and waste less fuel.
The idea is, In addition to examining the atmosphere of Mars, investigating the landscape of the planet as well as its magnetic and geological features, which may provide even more clues to understand the origin of the evolution of Mars and the solar system.