China’s Mars Rover Mission Lands on the Red Planet
The United States now has company on Mars.
A Chinese spacecraft descended through the thin Martian atmosphere and landed safely on a large plain on Saturday morning, state media reported, accomplishing a feat that only two other nations had before. (In the United States, it was still Friday — 7:18 p.m. Eastern time — when the spacecraft touched down.)
The landing follows China’s launch last month of the core module of a new orbiting space station, as well as a successful mission in December that collected nearly four pounds of rocks and soil from the moon and brought it to Earth. Next month, the country plans to send three astronauts into space, inaugurating what could become a regular Chinese presence in Earth’s orbit.
Just by arriving at Mars and orbiting it in February, China’s space program confirmed its place among the top tier of agencies exploring the solar system. Now that it has executed a landing — with the deployment of a rover still to come — it has established itself as a principal contender in what some view as a new era of space competition.
“China’s successful Mars landing demonstrates to the world that there is another country with advanced interplanetary space capacities,” said Namrata Goswami, an independent analyst and co-author of a new book on space exploration, “Scramble for the Skies.”
The woke inside me says let CCP present a proof that they actually landed ... the good thing with their trolls on forum is that they search for china and where thread they see.. they simply post the propaganda and shoot away... I am also claiming that i reached Jupiter and returned back,,,,, dont ask for proofsThat was a nice joke but this success should be appreciated
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