The Chinese orbiter and rover have suspended exploration on Mars since mid-September due to an “interruption caused by solar radiation,” the Chinese National Space Administration announced today.
The administration said the “interruption caused by solar radiation” refers to the situation when Mars and Earth move on either side of the Sun and converge almost perfectly. During this period, communications between the two planets are interrupted due to increased solar electromagnetic radiation.
The outage will last until mid-October.
The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission was launched on July 23, 2020 while the reconnaissance vehicles arrived on the Red Planet on February 10, 2021.
“Tianwen”, meaning “Heavenly Question” or “Question of Paradise” in Chinese, is named after the verses of the Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who lived in the fourth century BC. Rover Mars, however, is named after Zhurong, the god of fire and war in Chinese mythology.
China is emerging as a new power in the US-Russia-led space race with its ambitious strides toward exploration missions to the Moon and Mars, satellite technology, and space expeditions in recent years.
China, which has made significant progress in developing its space program with satellites, rockets, spacecraft, reconnaissance vehicles and other equipment it has produced over the past 20 years, is working to establish its own space station in addition to the program. lunar explorer Chang’e-I.//AA
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