General AviationChina’s Zhurong rover landed on Mars

China’s Zhurong rover landed on Mars

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China has successfully landed a spaceship on Mars, state media announced early today on Saturday May 15th, a triumph for China’s increasingly bold space ambitions and a history making achievement for a nation on its first-ever Martian mission.

The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet’s northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent.The successful touchdown is a remarkable achievement, given the difficult nature of the task.

The official Xinhua news agency cited the China National Space Administration (CNSA) in confirming the touchdown. It makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation  during its first mission to Mars, an achievement unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet so far, the US and Russia.

Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American one that arrived at the red planet in February. China’s first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main section of what will be a permanent space station and a mission that brought back rocks from the moon late last year.

Xinhua said in announcing the landing on one of its social media accounts, “China has left a footprint on Mars for the first time, an important step for our country’s space exploration,”

The U.S. has had nine successful landings on Mars since 1976. The Soviet Union landed on the planet in 1971, but the mission failed after the craft stopped transmitting information soon after touchdown.

President Xi Jinping sent his “warm congratulations and sincere greetings to all members who have participated in the Mars exploration mission“, Xinhua reported. China has now sent astronauts into space, powered probes to the Moon and landed a rover on Mars, the most prestigious of all prizes in the competition for dominion of space.

Mshana Iddihttps://theaviator.co.ug/
Iddi Mshana Journalist - With a Bachelor Degree in Tourism, Iddi has a combined appetite of tourism and aviation. His diverse knowledge and experience of more than 6 years adds an exciting depth to his work. Currently, pursing Commercial Pilot Licence with IR & ME at EACAA Soroti Uganda.
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