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China Tianwen-1

September 9, 2021 | Science

After three months in Mars’ orbit, China’s Tianwen-1 unmanned spacecraft successfully deployed its rover Zhu Rong onto the red planet on May 15. The rover’s mission is to explore the Mars landscape, study its surface and atmosphere.

The landing was another milestone in China’s space exploration programme. Only the United States has managed to land and operate a spacecraft on Earth’s neighbour.

The Tianwen-1 is among a series of spacecraft that China plans to launch to explore the other planets in the solar system.