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State media said China parked the rover on Mars.



The Zhurong rover, named after the legendary Chinese god of fire, landed on Saturday morning in a pre-selected area in Utopia Planitia on Mars, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The Zhurong six-wheeled solar-powered rover weighs approximately 240 kilograms (529 pounds) and contains six scientific instruments. It will later be deployed by landers to carry out a three-month mission of searching for signs or evidence of ancient life on the Martian surface.

The Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter sends a signal to the probe during its mission and then conducts a one-year global survey on Mars. The probe spent three months in orbit inspecting the landing site before launching the rover to the surface.

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was launched by a Long March 5 rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan on July 23 last year, and it took seven months to travel to Mars before going into orbit in February.

The spacecraft sent back images of its first million kilometers (621,371 miles).
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Rover “Go up orbit, land and launch all of the rover in the first experiment and coordinate observations with the spacecraft,” the science team behind Tianwen-1 said before the rover’s landing.

“Planetary missions in this way have never been performed,” the team said.
Tianwen-1 is one of three international Mars missions launched last summer, along with NASA’s Perseverance probe that landed on Mars in February and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope Probe, which Entered orbit around Mars in February. Unlike US and Chinese missions, the UAE probe is not intended to land on Mars, it just studies the planet from orbit.
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All three missions started at the same time, as the alignment between Earth and Mars on the same side of the Sun made the journey to the red planet more efficient.

Tianwen-1, dubbed “Quest for Heavenly Truth”, hopes to gather important information about the Martian soil, its geological structure, environment and atmosphere, and to find signs of water.

China’s ambitious space program made headlines last weekend when an uncontrolled 40,000 pound rocket crashed into the Indian Ocean, sparking a blame from NASA for failing to “Comply with responsible standards for space debris (belonging)”
The Long March 5B rocket launched part of China’s new space station into orbit at the end of April and was let go through uncontrolled space until Earth’s gravity pulled it back in.

CNN’s Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths and Ashley Strickland contributed to this report.


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