China’s National Space Administration said on Wednesday that it had meetings with NASA between January and March this year. Considering the historical disagreements between the two powers, this spatial cooperation is a rare event.
The goal would be to exchange information to ensure the safe flight of ships on Mars.
In February of this year, three new missions arrived on the planet: Tianwen-1 from China; Hope, from the United Arab Emirates; and NASA’s Mars 2020, with the Perseverance rover. The Curiosity rover, which NASA launched in 2011, is also in operation.
The Chinese spacecraft, on the other hand, is composed of an orbiter that is rotating around the planet to capture high definition images, a landing module and also a rover that should “land” on the planet in May.
The simplest of the three missions is Hope. It is an orbiting probe that studies the atmosphere and captures high-resolution images of the entire disk of the planet.
Not only that: There are six more orbiters in operation: NASA’s Mars Odyssey, MAVEN and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; Mars Express and ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, from the European space agency; Mars Orbiter Mission, from India.
To complete the Martian traffic, there are still eight other old satellites from the United States and Russia, which have lost communication with Earth but are still there as space junk….
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