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(BEIJING) China Mars Mission Report: First Mars rover has driven down from its landing platform and is now roaming the surface of the red planet #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.24: Named after the Chinese god of fire, Zhurong, the rover has been running diagnostic tests for several days before it began its exploration on Saturday:

BEIJING: ‘China landed the spacecraft carrying the rover on Mars last Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in a first for the country’ after the solar-powered rover touched Martian soil at 10:40am on Saturday Beijing time, the China National Space Administration said.

Posted Yesterday at 8:48pm

Image from the space rover showing the landing platform and the surface of Mars
The rover will be deployed for 90 days in search of life on Mars.(AP: CNSA)

It is the second country to do so, after the United States.

It is expected to be deployed for 90 days to search of evidence of life. 

View from the top of the landing platform of China's space rover
The Chinese rover landed on Mars last week and has been running diagnostic tests.(AP: CNSA)

The US also has an ongoing Mars mission, with the Perseverance rover and a tiny helicopter exploring the planet.

NASA expects the rover to collect its first sample in July for return to Earth as early as 2031.

Artists impression space rover
China has plans to land a human on the moon.(AP: CNSA)

China has ambitious space plans that include launching a crewed orbital station and landing a human on the moon.

China in 2019 became the first country to land a space probe on the little-explored far side of the moon, and in December returned lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s.

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