Chinese Rover Landed On Mars
China is celebrating another milestone in its ambitious space program: on its very first mission to Mars, the country succeeded in landing a rover on the red planet. So far, only the US has managed to deploy reconnaissance vehicles on Mars.
The “Zhurong” robot arrived in the area selected in advance on Saturday, Chinese state media reported. He will now study the atmosphere and the soil of Mars for about three months and take pictures. The rover, which weighs around 240 kilograms and whose name is derived from a fire god in Chinese mythology, is powered by solar energy and moves on six wheels.
The launch of the Mars probe “Tianwen-1” with the rover last July was an important success for China’s space program. As the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported, “Zhurong” managed to land in a northern lava plain, known as Utopia Planitia, as planned.
— China National Space Administration (CNSA) (@CNSA_en) May 15, 2021