The Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars. This was announced by China’s new state agency on Saturday, referring to the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA). The unit contains a robotic vehicle that should scan the surface of the planet.
“China left its mark on Mars for the first time,” the new China News Agency reported. It described the landing on Mars as an important step in the Chinese space program.
The automatic truck weighs about 240 kilograms. It has six wheels and four solar collectors. The DPA writes that it can move around the surface of Mars at 200 meters per hour.
A robotic NASA explorer successfully landed on Mars in February.
The United States has made nine successful landings on Mars since 1976.
However, Soviet Mars 2 was the first to hit the surface of Mars in November 1971. However, it was not contacted. On December 2, 1971, it took only a few seconds to call her satellite sister March 3.
The first successful landing was the American spacecraft Viking 1 on July 20, 1976, which then mapped the Earth’s surface for six years (until November 1982) – the duration of its stay set a long record, broken by the opportunity spacecraft in 2010. The surface of Mars since January 2004, this past February NASA has officially destroyed the spacecraft.
Among other things, Viking 1 sent its first color image of the surface of Mars back to Earth, and with Viking 2, which landed on Mars two weeks later, it took more than 50,000 photos, but found no signs of life. The first portable device to operate on Mars was the Mars Pathfinder in 1997.