China landed a rover on Tuesday, according to state media, showing further signs of its daring ambition in the sphere.
Launching the rover was part of the Tiananmen-2 unmanned mission In July last year Tianwen means “question to heaven” and was named after a poem by the Chinese poet Ko Yuan.
The mission was described by Chinese media as a “new major milestone” and “the first step in exploring the Chinese planet in the solar system.” US Mill Successfully landed on the red planet.
The Global Times reported that the lander and rover of the Tianwen-1 probe reached a plain called Utopia Planitia on Tuesday, citing data from the Chinese National Aerospace Administration early Saturday local time.
The Tianwan-1 probe lander and rover separated from orbit around 4 a.m., after which the plane took off three hours before entering the atmosphere on Tuesday, the newspaper reported.
The spacecraft then “spent about nine minutes hovering around to avoid obstacles and cushion before soft landing”. The rover is named after the Chinese god of fire, Zhurang, and it weighs 1.85 meters and weighs 240 kg. It is expected to cross the planet for about 92 days.
The probe was launched into space on July 23 from the Wenchang launch pad in Hainan province in the south of the country via the Long March rocket.
The landing on Mars is part of a broader part of China’s space program. The country’s engineers launched the first part of its permanent space center into Earth orbit late last month.
In 2018, China launched more ships into orbit than any other country for the first time.
The U.S. considers China’s efforts in space Strategically. “Beijing is working to match or exceed US capabilities in space, a position that Washington has reclaimed from the space leadership,” according to the annual threat assessment released by the U.S. director of intelligence.