Tianwen-1, Chinese spacecraft lands on Mars, it will be the country’s first to touch down on the red planet.
Tianwen-1 was launched on July 23, 2020, it consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. China National Administration (CNSA) confirmed on Saturday morning about the accomplishment.
According to Xinhua news agency, it was the first step of China’s planetary exploration of the solar system, with the aim to complete orbiting, landing, and roving on Mars in one mission. After a journey of nearly seven months through space, Tianwen-1 entered Mars orbit in February and spent more than two months surveying potential landing sites.
China has come a long way in its race to catch up with the United States and Russia. Their astronauts and cosmonauts have decades of experience in space exploration. After the successful launch of the first module of its new space station last month with hopes of having it crewed by 2022 and eventually send humans to the Moon.
China drew criticism earlier last week when its Long March 5G rocket disintegrated over the Indian Ocean in an uncontrolled landing back to Earth. The United States and other nations criticized
China for breaching the protocol governing the return of space debris to earth. Officials suggest the remnants had the potential to endanger life and property.
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