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China's Tienuan-1 probe lands on Mars

The probe carrying China's first rover successfully landed on the Red Planet early Saturday morning, Beijing time, Radio China reports.
The “Tienuan-1,” consisting of an orbital apparatus, a descending module and a rover, was launched on July 23, 2020. It was China's first step towards planetary exploration of the solar system, and the purpose of the current mission is to carry out orbiting, landing and exploration of the surface of Mars.

The spacecraft entered the Red Planet's orbit in February after nearly seven months of space travel and spent nearly two months exploring a suitable landing site.

In the early hours of May 15, the apparatus began to descend, and the capsule containing the descending lander and the rover separated from the orbital apparatus around 04:00. The descent of the apparatus into the atmosphere of Mars lasted about 9 minutes, which was also the most complex task since without ground control, it was done autonomously, said an official from China's Center for Space Programs and Lunar Research at China's National Space Agency.


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