China’s Secretive Mars Mission May Launch July 2020!
From their plans to launch, to how their goalswill be affected by the conditions of theplanet, and more!Join me as we explore how China’s SecretiveMars mission may launch July 2020!Without a doubt, Mars is the “main goal” ofour current decade. We want to land there, without fail, at allcosts and to begin starting a colony there Multiple space agencies across the world areprepping to head there in the next few yearsincluding SpaceX and NASA. However, when it comes to China, they’re aimingto get there this year. China is planning to launch its first solointerplanetary mission in July, but the globalpandemic that has been locking down the worldhas severely hindered and slowed activityin the country. Which obviously begs the question of, “Willthe pandemic keep China from launching forMars?”The answer is. . . not at present. Chinese authorities enacted a range of traveland enforced quarantine measures in Januaryto combat the spread of infection. This meant many employees, including thosein the space sector, could not return to work. The reason that they, versus the rest of theworld, did their lockdown procedures earlierin the year was because they were the placethat the virus first took hold, and then spreadfrom. Thus, they’ve been able to enact proceduresto try and keep their country going throughthe lockdowns, curfews, and more. However, the situation currently looks goodfor China’s Mars mission, which will sendboth an orbiter and a rover to the Red Planet. Work at facilities dedicated to manufacturingand testing spacecraft and launch vehicleshas continued despite the impact on the workforce. “But how were they able to do that safely?What about the lockdown that you just mentioned?”Trust me, it’s not as crude or enforced asyou might think. This was all possible with the introductionof precautions such as the use of masks, banningthe use of elevators, serving lunch in individualboxes and disinfection of buildings. These simple steps, along with things likecurfews and lockdowns and “social distancing”have been going on for months in the country,and reports of cases in China have slowlybeen going down. Thus, things have slowly been returning tonormal, and the Xichang Satellite Launch Centerin Sichuan province has already resumed launches. Wenchang, China’s new coastal spaceporton Hainan Island, is currently preparing forlaunches of two new rockets. One of these will test a new crewed spacecraftand lay preparations for a space station inEarth orbit. This is good news for China’s Mars mission,which will launch from Wenchang in July. The huge Long March 5 rocket that will launchthe mission had a successful return to flightin December. Its previous launch in July 2017 ended infailure and grounded the rocket for over twoyears. but things seem to be back in line for theupcoming mission. Which is good because the time in the yearthat they’re aiming to launch the rocket isone of the “orbital syncs” that closes thedistance between Earth and Mars. The rocket for the Mars mission is progressingwell, with successful engine tests carriedout in January. The mission rover underwent its space environmenttesting in late January. Despite the lack of official comment on themission, China’s first fully homegrown expeditionto Mars appears to be on track. (The nation’s Yinghuo-1 Mars orbiter launchedwith Russia’s Phobos-Grunt sample-return missionin November 2011 aboard a Russian Zenit rocket. But the Zenit never made it out of Earth orbit. )And plans for more-imminent launches are proceedingat Xichang and Wenchang. China also seems to be sticking to plans tolaunch more than 40 times in 2020. Which would be quite a feat given everythingthat is going on with the world. Still, it would be a major victory for thenation who has honestly been a bit quiet comparedto other space agencies in their desire togo and possibly colonize Mars. But if this plan works and they’re able toget their orbiter and their rover to Mars,it could put them very much in the race toget to Mars first. Only time will tell on that front, and thattime will need to be well spent because thingsare still a bit touchy in the world rightnow. One commercial space company in China hasbeen hit hard by the virus, however. Launch provider Expace has its productioncenters in the city of Wuhan, which is theepicenter of the virus and has now been inlockdown for basically 2 months. Global Times reports that Expace is unlikelyto fulfill its plans to conduct four or fivelaunches of its Kuaizhou rockets in the firsthalf of 2020. Expace is subordinate to CASIC, a giant state-owneddefense contractor and missile maker. Before we continue, be sure to like or dislikethe video, that way we can continue to improveand make the best possible videos for youthe viewers!Also, be sure to subscribe so that you don’tmiss ANY of our weekly videos!And obviously they aren’t the only ones whoare dealing with various issues because ofthe global pandemic. Though new cases of rgw infection in Chinaare dropping, the situation is changing globally. Both the European Space Agency and NASA haveimplemented measures to protect their employees,with the latter recently testing telecommuteplans and issuing a mandatory work-from-homedirective for one facility, the Ames ResearchCenter in California’s Silicon Valley. There is no indication thus far of any high-profilemissions being hit by the virus. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told SpaceNewsthat the agency is considering advice fromgovernment officials in making decisions aboutNASA field centers. In addition, a number of global space conferenceshave been canceled following the growing numbersof cases in places such as the United States. For example, the organizers of the annualLunar and Planetary Science Conference inThe Woodlands, Texas, canceled their meeting,which was scheduled to take place last monthfrom March 16 to 20. And currently, the situation in the US isgetting more dire, with the infection andfatality rate becoming the worst in the world. Which is ironically why many are hoping thenation adapt some of the policies that Chinadid to try and “beat” the virus so that thingscan go back to normal. Returning though to the topic at hand in regardsto the China mission to Mars, they have avery simple goal with their rover and orbital. Mainly, they’re going to go and scan partsof the area for signs of life. So in short, China is trying to be the firstnation to discover life on Mars. Which I know sounds odd because the UnitedStates has had numerous rovers on Mars, includingone there right now still chugging along,but the fact of the matter is the rovers thathave been on the surface so far haven’t coveredevery place on Mars. The planet as a whole is still very much amystery in terms of history it’scomposition and more. So, by China going and trying to put theirrover in a spot that is new in terms of landings,and looking for signs of life, they are truly“shooting for the stars”, which is fine becauseany and all scientific discoveries are welcome. Especially if they lead to big revelationsand potential big news/information about whatit would be like to live on Mars. Which again, is the goal of most space agenciesright now, as the one of the next true orbitalsyncs will be used in order to get people,and not rovers, to Mars. Now, you might be remembering that at thebeginning of this video we noted that thiswas a “secret” China mission. What did we mean by that?Well, put simply, China hasn’t really talkedabout their mission to Mars. There have been recent articles about it,but very few have come from the Chinese governmentthemselves. The reason for this is likely political. You see, the United States is apparently alsoaiming to launch an orbital or another craftto Mars around the July 2020 date just likeChina. Which in a way would make this like a newversion of the “space race” that capturedthe hearts and minds of the world in the 1960’s. Albeit a much more lowkey one. So by keeping it under wraps, perhaps Chinais aiming to get an edge on things over theUS, especially with the likelihood of theUS launching said craft becoming more andmore unlikely as more and more restrictionsand lockdowns are being implemented on thecountry. Thus, if China was to make it to Mars anddiscover something big, that would be a hugeboost for them, and a potential major blowfor the US. And you thought that space was a universalthing that bound us together?Nope, it can be something that is used forpolitical gains. Which is actually rather appropriate a segwayin regards to the colonization of Mars. Because you see, IF we are able to put peopleonto the surface of Mars, and we do indeedstart to build a colony there, the politicalramifications of the act are not small. In fact, they’re global. Because think of it like this. Who would go to Mars to build the colony,and then populate the colony when the timeis right?Never thought about that, did you?But it’s an important question, and one thatcan have a bunch of fallout if not handledproperly. Because at present, it’s likely going to beone of the two American space agencies inNASA or SpaceX that reaches Mars first. And because of that, many would feel thatit’s the United States “right” to go and colonizeMars first, just like many felt it would bethe US who colonized the moon first when thatidea was heavily being thrown around. But, if the other nations like China, Russia,Europe and more protest that, it could causea lot of friction, and thus, lead to manyproblems both physical and political in termsof making a colony on Mars. However, what if this didn’t divide the world,but rather, united it?Imagine what would happen if (not unlike themovie, The Martian) the United States andChina came together in order to make the Mars colonizationwork?Bringing together all of our specialties andgifts and technologies to make it work smoother?Elon Musk in a way is already building tothat because while SpaceX is located on Americansoil, it’s made up of some of the best andbrightest across the world, and he’s alreadypromised certain international people a rideon some of his craft. Including a wealthy man from Japan who wantsto circle the moon. So if the world was to come together in orderto make the Mars colony real, it could bea huge thing. Granted, that’s a big IF at the present timeand in the present political climate, butit’s possible. “But would a unification be such a big thing?”you may wonder. And the answer is a resounding, “Yes”. Mainly because each nation has their own wayof doing things, and sometimes it’s for thebetter and sometimes it’s for the worse. So, by combining ideas and methods together,a new path might be made to make it work evenmore. For example, the Chinese are rather incrediblewhen it comes to the construction of buildingsand other amenities. A video once showed how they made an entirerailroad track and station in less than aweek using various techniques and workforces. If using those kinds of techniques on Mars,we could potentially make the Mars colonyin a fraction of the time than is currentlyprojected. Furthermore, if the nations of the world cametogether in order to make the Mars colony,that would give us multiple points of creationand launches to go from. How so?Well at present, SpaceX has a plan to launchmultiple ships into space to get to Mars whenthe time comes, but they’ll still be restrictedduring those periods. However, if China, Russia, Europe, Japan,etc. , also launched crafts into space alongsidethem, then suddenly we have a fleet of craftgoing to Mars and trying to build a colony. As the old saying goes, many hands make lightwork. Now yes, we’ve kind of drifted apart fromthe “secret Chinese mission to Mars”, butthis look into the future is an importantone. Everyone in the space industry is lookingto Mars as the goal for the decade and beyond. We all want to find out more about the planetso that we can start to colonize it. And these launches, these secret missions,and more are just the next steps towards thatgoal. But eventually, to truly make life possibleon Mars, we’ll have to come together as aplanet to make it work, else it’ll be unfeasible,or at the very least, take a very LONG timeto happen. But for now, all we can do is watch and wait,and see how missions like NASA’s and China’sgo. That way we’ll slowly take the next stepstowards being a race on two different worlds. Thanks for watching everyone!What did you think of this look at the upcomingChinese Mars mission and how it might go?Do you think that the Chinese will indeedmake it to Mars?Do you think they’ll want to colonize theplace themselves if they’re successful?Let me know in the comments below, be sureto subscribe, and I’ll see you next time onthe channel!