Saturday 15 May 2021 – 02:14 AM
Government television CCTV reported that China successfully launched its small remote-controlled robot “Jhurong” on Mars on Saturday.
CCTV said “Tianwen-1 lander successfully landed in predetermined zone” with “Jhurong” robot on Mars, CCTV said “signal” was received on Earth. First for Asian country.
China had already tried to send a probe to Mars in 2011 during a joint mission with Russia, but the effort was unsuccessful and Beijing then decided to continue on its own.
Thus the Middle Kingdom launched its deserted mission “Tianwen-1” from Earth in late July 2020 in the name of the probe sent to space.
It is made up of three elements: an orbiter (which revolves around the star), a lander (which has landed on Mars) and a remote-controlled robot, aboard the “Zurong”.
The landing took place in a region of the red planet called “Utopia Planitia”, a vast plain located in the northern hemisphere of Mars.