A model of China’s Martian probe will debut at China International Industry Fair, it was announced on Nov 2.
The 17th China International Industry Fair will open on Nov 3 in Shanghai, lasting until Nov 7. The golden model, which is a third of its real size, has been given pride of place at China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s exhibition stand.
Niu Shengda, a satellite expert with the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, explained that the probe consists of two parts: an orbiter and a lander.
China’s astronomers have set their sights on the Red Planet following a successful soft landing on the moon late last year. They plan to launch the probe in 2020.
“The project is going smoothly,” Niu said.