Last summer, the National Space Administration of China launched its Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, and today the country’s news agencies like Xinhua and CGTN signal that the probe has landed. The mission consists of an orbiter, a lander and a golf cart-sized rover. Nicknamed Zhurong, the rover will now begin to perform imaging and self-inspections before deploying to the planet’s surface.
Several countries have crashed trying to land rovers on Mars, but that should make CNSA the second agency, along with NASA, to have a working robot on the planet’s surface. The Chinese orbiter continues to circle the planet and relay signals from the lander / rover, as well as orbiters from NASA, ESA, India and one in the United Arab Emirates who arrived in february.
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