Chinese Mars rover to land between Saturday and Wednesday – fr

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Chinese Mars rover to land between Saturday and Wednesday – fr


BEIJING (AP) – China says its Mars probe and accompanying rover are expected to land on the Red Planet between Saturday and Wednesday Beijing time.

China’s National Space Administration said in a brief advisory that the Tianwen-1 probe has collected a large amount of scientific data since it entered orbit on Mars on February 10 and that the window to settle in an icy area of ​​the planet known as Utopia Planitia was determined by “current flight conditions”.

Named after the Chinese god of fire, Zhurong, the rover will stay in the lander for diagnostic tests for several days before descending a ramp to start looking for signs of life. The mission is the first attempt at a soft landing on Mars by a Chinese spacecraft.

Only the United States has successfully landed and operated a spacecraft on Mars – nine times, starting with the Viking twins in 1976 and most recently with the Perseverance rover in February. China will try to become the second.

The Perseverance rover and a small helicopter are currently exploring Mars. NASA expects the rover to collect its first sample in July for a return to Earth in a decade.

China launched the initial module of a permanent space station this year, although the launch rocket’s uncontrolled return to Earth has drawn some criticism. The launch of the Tianhe Module, or Heavenly Harmony, is the first of 11 missions to build and provision the station and dispatch a crew of three by the end of next year.

China also recently brought back lunar samples, a country’s first space program since the 1970s, and also landed a probe and rover on the less explored side of the moon.

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