Chinese Mars Probe Arrives in Moscow for Mating to Phobos-Grunt

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft
Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which will carry a Chinese microsat to Martian orbit.

China’s 1st Mars Probe Arrives in Russia

China’s first Mars probe has been transported to Moscow along with a team of Chinese scientists, Beijing News reported on August 6, 2009.

After passing the research phase, China’s first ever Mars probe Yinghuo-1 was sent to Russia for compatibility tests and it will take off atop a Russian launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome space base in Kazakhstan in October.

The probe is expected to stand the tough tests of being frequently exposed to spells of almost nine hours in the freezing, dark shadow of the red planet of Mars during which the solar panels will be unable to generate any power.

Though China is relying on Russia for launching, tracking and controlling the micro-satellite, the Mars probe project is still regarded as a milestone that will mark a giant step forward in China’s space exploration.

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