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PolyU Contributes to the China’s First Mars Mission with Mars Camera

25 Jul 2020, 14:30 UTC
PolyU Contributes to the China’s First Mars Mission with Mars Camera
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Tianwen-1 spacecraft (Credit: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has successfully developed and manufactured the “Mars Landing Surveillance Camera” (“Mars Camera”), one of the key instruments onboard the Mars spacecraft, to participate in the Nation’s first Mars mission Tianwen-1, which was launched today.

HONG KONG, JULY 23, 2020 (PolyU PR) — The spacecraft for the Mars probe comprises an orbiter, a lander and a rover, aiming to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one single mission, an unprecedented attempt globally, as well as to obtain scientific exploration data on the Red Planet.

Located on the outside top surface of the Mars lander platform, the Mars Camera will monitor the landing status, the surrounding environment and movements of the rover with respect to the unfolding and status of the solar panels and antennae. The information is critical for the successful movement of the Mars Rover onto the Mars surface.

Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, said, “We are deeply honoured to have taken part in and contributed to the Nation’s historic Mars mission. The delivery of the Mars Camera has again proved the creativity, capability and credibility of PolyU’s researchers in developing and manufacturing ...

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