China has successfully launched its Tianwen-1 mission to Mars mission on a Long March-5 carrier rocket, which took off under perfectly clear skies around 12:40 p.m. from Hainan Island. Zhang Xueyu, launch commander, announced “The Mars rover has accurately entered the scheduled orbit,” to cheers in the control room. This marks the second flight to Mars in a single week, after the UAE orbiter was sent off on a rocket from Japan on Monday. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tianwen-1 would start orbiting around Mars in February 2021 if all goes as planned and then search for a landing site on Utopia Planitia — a plain where there could be underground ice, according to NASA. If the site is clear, the landing attempt would take place in April or May next year, when the secretive 530-pound rover is expected to operate for approximately three months, and the orbiter for two years.
- Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. This space toy with astronaut figures lets you role play the many missions the Saturn V completed.
- The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module. Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy.
- After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands. The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space.
- Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
- This spaceship toy measures over 39 inches (100cm) high and 6 inches (17cm) in diameter. It includes 1,900 pices and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older.
At no other time in our history have we seen anything like what is unfolding with these three unique missions to Mars. Each of them is a science and engineering marvel,” said the Space Foundation’s chief executive officer Thomas Zelibor said in an online panel discussion.