In its first-ever Mars Mission, China’s probe landed on Mars on Saturday to deploy its Zhurong Rover. The probe finished its extremely difficult descent through Mars’ atmosphere using a parachute to navigate its famous “seven minutes of terror”, aiming to land on the Utopia Planitia, its vast northern lava plain.
In CCTV’s special television program dedicated to the mission called Nihao Mars (Hello Mars), its state broadcaster said that “it successfully landed in the pre-selected area, at height 7.18 am.” China National Space Administration (CNSA) also officially confirmed the touchdown, saying “the country becomes the first one to successfully carry out orbiting, landing pre-selected operations during its first mission to the planet.” This accomplishment, of sending astronauts into space, powered probes to the Moon and landing a rover on Mars, is not yet matched by the two other countries, the US and Russia, which have previously sent probes and not rovers to Mars and are competing for space domination.
The solar-powered, six-wheel weighs over 240 kg and carries six essential scientific instruments. It is planned to be later deployed from the lander for an exclusive 3 month3-month in search of life on the Red Planet. It took ground controllers over an hour to succeed in the pre-programmed landing, but despite this Zhang Rongqiao, the chief designer of China’s first Mars exploration mission said that the landing had been a textbook case of accuracy.
China’s President Xi Jinping sent his “warm congratulations and sincere greetings to all members who have participated in the Mars exploration mission.”
Reported by: Zarrish
Written by: Simel Masood