Chinese researchers have completed the aerodynamicdesign for the country's Mars probe and are nowconducting testing and experiments.
With the probe set to launch in 2020, Chinese spaceauthorities are working on technology to helpcomplete orbiting, landing and surveying.
"The aerodynamic design is very important, as it willprotect the probe in its landing and prevent it from leaving the orbiting track," said ZhouWeijiang, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political ConsultativeConference and researcher with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
"Weight is another key problem in the aerodynamic design of the probe, as the total weight ofChina's Mars probe is comparatively small in its kind around the world," Zhou said.
"Heatproof materials, for example, if added too little the probe will be burnt while landing andtoo much will surpass the total weight standard," he added.