State media reported that the Chinese rover had successfully landed on Mars for the first time.
Why is this important: This is the first time that China has landed a spacecraft on another planet, and it has launched the country into the elite club of the few space agencies that have succeeded in building a spacecraft to the surface of Mars.
What happened: The rover arrived in orbit around the Red Planet in February with the country’s Tianwen-1 mission.
- The rover is reportedly designed to search for water, ice and possible signs of life.
- This is China’s first attempt to land on Mars.
Large Image: The mission is in line with China̵7;s broader plans in space.
- The country is currently building a space station and aims to develop a joint lunar research station with Russia.