Un­manned probes sent to Mars, Jupiter by 2030

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China plans to send un­manned probes to ex­plore Mars and Jupiter by 2030, said a se­nior space of­fi­cial.

Wu Yan­hua, deputy di­rec­tor of the China Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Tues­day that the govern­ment has de­cided to send a robotic probe to Mars to or­bit and land on the red planet around 2020. The probe will con­duct sci­en­tific re­search on the Mar­tian soil and at­mos­phere and search for signs of wa­ter.

"The project has pro­ceeded well since it was ap­proved in Jan­uary. Now we have fi­nal­ized the over­all plan and be­gun to de­velop re­lated equip­ment such as the Mars rover," he said.

A larger probe also will set off for Mars around 2030 to take sam­ples and re­turn to Earth, he said.

The probe is ex­pected to take nearly seven months be­fore reach­ing the red planet.

Jupiter as well as its moons will be vis­ited by at least one un­manned probe from China be­fore 2030, Wu said.

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