China’s unmanned spacecraft Tianwen-1 lands successfully on Mars

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New Delhi: An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft carrying the country’s archetypal Mars rover landed connected the aboveground of Mars connected Saturday (May 15, 2021) arsenic per reports by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). 

This touchdown makes China the 2nd space-faring federation aft the United States to onshore connected the Red Planet.

This uncrewed Chinese spacecraft known as, Tianwen-1, was launched connected July 23, 2020 and carried an orbiter, a lander and a rover to Mars.  

The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed connected a tract connected a immense plain known arsenic Utopia Planitia, "leaving a Chinese footprint connected Mars for the archetypal time," authorities quality bureau Xinhua said.

As per the China National Space Administration, Tianwen-1 near its parked orbit astatine 1700 GMT connected Friday and entered the Martian ambiance 3 hours later. The island media reported the landing process arsenic the "nine minutes of terror".

Tianwen-1 besides contains a star powered rover, named Zhurong, which weighs astir 240 kilograms, has high-resolution topography camera, six wheels and tin determination upto 200 metres per hour.

The Zhurong rover volition survey the planet’s aboveground ungraded and atmosphere, portion looking for the signs of past beingness utilizing a ground-penetrating radar.

If Zhurong is successfully deployed, China would go the archetypal state to orbit, onshore and merchandise a rover successful its maiden ngo to Mars.

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