China is officially the second country to land on Mars. Saturday morning local time, state media reported the country successfully landed its Tianwen-1 spacecraft on the Red Planet, and will soon launch a rover to study the fourth rock's geology and climate. It's China's first solo mission to Mars, and the second country to successfully land a rover on the planet and maintain contact after a descent onto the planet.
The country's CGTN confirmed the news Friday night, sharing an animated gift of the lander carrying the Zhurong rover. China's National Space Administration (CNSA) is running point on the mission, one that is expected to last three months.
The lander carrying China's first Mars rover #Zhurong has touched down on the Red Planet, the China National Space Administration confirmed on Saturday morning. Zhurong has been designed to operate in the Red Planet for at least 90 Martian days.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 15, 2021
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