Explained: How the Chinese landed a rover on Mars in first attempt

Topics Mars | NASA | Mars Mission

China has provided an impressive demonstration of its deep space ca­pabilities by landing a rover on Mars in its first attempt. It is only the second nation after the US to have pulled off a successful Mars landing. The six-wheeled, solar-powered Zhurong rover weighs about 240 kg and its stated technological mission is to collect and analyse rock samples and look for water. Zhurong was launched from the Tianwen-1 orbiter after three months of preparation. Tianwen reached Mars in February after being launched in July 2020.  It went into orbit around the red planet after the seven.....

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