China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the primary time within the newest advance for its area programme.
The official Xinhua Information Company mentioned Saturday that the lander had touched down, citing the China Nationwide Area Administration.
Plans name for a rover to remain within the lander for a couple of days of diagnostic checks earlier than rolling down a ramp to discover an icy space of Mars referred to as Utopia Planitia. It can be a part of an American one which arrived on the purple planet in February.
China’s first Mars touchdown follows its launch final month of the principle part of what’s going to be a everlasting area station and a mission that introduced again rocks from the moon late final 12 months.
The US has had 9 profitable landings on Mars since 1976.