China launched its first probe to study Mars
China launched its first probe to study Mars, "Tanwani-1" ("Questions to heaven -1"), according to Xinhua news Agency.
The launch was carried out at 12.41 local time (7.41 GMT) from the Baikonur "Wenchang" Haikou city with the help of the carrier rocket "chanchzhen-5" ("long March 5").
According to preliminary calculations, the probe will take about seven months to reach the planet's surface, in the case of success of the mission, the probe will send the obtained data to the Earth in 2021.
In April of this year, China announced that its first mission to study Mars will be called "Tangwang-1" ("Questions to heaven"). The planned mission includes the output and rotation to Mars orbit, landing and movement on the surface of the red planet. In case of success of the mission, scientists will be able to study the atmosphere, topography, geological features, magnetic field of the planet that will help to get a clue about the origin and evolution of Mars and the entire Solar system.
The main objective of the mission is to find possible signs of life on Mars and help scientists to understand whether conditions on the planet to change in the future so that it will be fit for life.