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China Lands Spacecraft on Mars for First Time, Plans Hook-up with US Vehicle

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/15/2021 Daniel Villarreal
a group of people standing on top of a mountain: China has landed a rover on Mars. The achievement marks the country's first-ever spacecraft to land on the planet. The rover will eventually meet with one from the United States. In this photo, a group of students walk past a model of a lander at "Mars Base 1", a C-Space Project, in the Gobi desert, some 40 kilometres from Jinchang in China's northwest Gansu province on April 17, 2019. © Wang Zhao / AFP/Getty China has landed a rover on Mars. The achievement marks the country's first-ever spacecraft to land on the planet. The rover will eventually meet with one from the United States. In this photo, a group of students walk past a model of a lander at "Mars Base 1", a C-Space Project, in the Gobi desert, some 40 kilometres from Jinchang in China's northwest Gansu province on April 17, 2019.

China has landed a spacecraft for its first time ever on Mars. The rover will eventually join with a U.S. rover that arrived on the planet in February.

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The Chinese rover will remain in its landing pod for several days as the machine runs diagnostic tests to ensure its proper functioning. Then, the rover will investigate an icy area on the planet known as Utopia Planitia, according to the Associated Press.


Video: TIANWEN-1: CHINA’S FIRST SPACECRAFT ON MARS (AFP)

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