China successfully landed its own Mars Rover – fr

China successfully landed its own Mars Rover – fr

NASA’s Perseverance has company on Mars as China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft successfully landed on the Red Planet. landing live, he devoted hours of coverage following his touchdown. “This is another important milestone in our country’s aerospace efforts,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a statement. “You have had the courage to take on challenges, you have strived for excellence, and you have brought our country to the world’s forefront of interplanetary exploration.”The Tianwen-1 mission launched from Earth in July 2020 to take advantage of a window every two years when Mars and Earth are closest to each other. It reached Martian orbit on February 10 and remained in orbit until it was ready to land.
The Tianwen-1 landing craft held the rover – which is named Zhurong, after the god of fire in Chinese folk tales – and it’s about a quarter of the weight of NASA’s curiosity and perseverance. Zhurong is powered by solar panels and includes “cameras, ground-penetrating radar, magnetic field detector, and weather station.”

Sights and Sounds of Mars from NASA’s Rover Perseverance

Tianwen-1 landed in Utopia Planitia, also known as “Nowhere Land Plain”, and is the same region where NASA’s Viking 2 lander landed in 1976. This area of ​​Mars is a huge pool of a few thousands of miles wide and could have been under an ocean in the distant past.

One of China’s main goals for this mission is to “better understand the distribution of ice in the region, which future human settlers on Mars could use to sustain themselves.”

NASA’s Perseverance landed on Mars on February 18, 2021 and aims to search for signs of habitable life and “past microbial life.” Since then, NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter has made history by achieving the first powered and controlled flight to another planet.
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