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.
Tianwen-1was 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.
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.
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.
CNN’s Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths and Ashley Strickland contributed to this report.