Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday CCTV.
China is now the third country to make a touchdown on Mars, after Russia, in 1971, and the USA five years later. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, “leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first time”, China’s state news agency Xinhua said.
China’s Mars rover Zhu Rong successfully landed on the red planet on May 15, 2021 after “nine minutes of terror” Nasa name for the interval when engineers on Earth have no control or oversight of the rover because of radio signal delay.
This means the rover must land without human intervention. Launched into orbit in the summer of 2020, the spacecraft circled Mars before attempting a landing. An American rover, Perseverance, landed on Mars a few months earlier and is still active, raising competition between China and the USA on Earth and in space. Zhu Rong’s next mission is to collect and analyse data on Mars climate and geology.