China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the primary time within the newest advance for its area program.
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 just a few days of diagnostic exams earlier than rolling down a ramp to discover an icy space of Mars often called Utopia Planitia.
The touchdown of the uncrewed spacecraft makes China the second nation, after the USA, to land on Mars.
China’s first Mars touchdown follows its launch final month of the primary part of what is going to be a everlasting area station and a mission that introduced again rocks from the moon late final 12 months. The U.S. has had 9 profitable landings on Mars since 1976.