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History: China landed its first rover on Mars

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This is yet another historic step in space exploration. After the United States was the first country to successfully place an explorer robot on the nearest planet, Mars, now it was China’s turn to achieve this feat, becoming the second country in the world to place a rover on the red planet, according to sources Chinese officials.

The Tianwen-1 spacecraft, without any crew, landed on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first time, the state agency Xinhua said.

The space vehicle called Zhurong, named after a mythical Chinese fire god, unfolded its solar panels and antenna and began sending signals to ground controllers more than 320 million kilometers away, reports said, meant a great deal. historic achievement for China, which started its space activity a few years ago, achieving important achievements in space exploration.

History China landed its first rover on Mars

The rover will now inspect the landing site from May 22 to carry out inspections, Chinese officials said. The rover has six scientific instruments, including a high-resolution topography camera on board to study the surface, soil and atmosphere of the Red Planet, allowing scientists to receive more information about Mars.

The Zhurong robot also looks for signs of life, including any groundwater and ice, using ground-penetrating radar, in an attempt to see if there is life today, or if there has ever been a trace of life in the past.

The Tianwen-1 mission began in July of last year, with the launch of the rocket that took the rover on its way to Mars, and it came close to the red planet only in February, and it is only now that China has started landing in the red planet, which proved a success and made the country the second country to land on Mars, eventually overtaking Russia in this journey.

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