China’s first interplanetary rover named Zhurong made a historic landing on the Martian surface on Saturday, May 15, 2021, as a part of the Tianwen-1 mission. This probe consisted of an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
China launched the Mars exploration mission on July 23, 2020, and became the second country after the United States to successfully accomplish the endeavour.
The Tianwen-1 probe, launched from southern China, entered the orbit of Mars on February 10 2021; but the rover landing was attempted now.
Zhurong, after having gone through the ‘seven minutes of terror’, finally landed in an area called the Utopia Planitia ( a plain region on the northern Hemisphere of Mars).
The landing process began at about 1700 GMT on Friday (10:30 PM IST). Zhurong finally landed on Mars at 2318 GMT (4:48 AM on Saturday IST). Further, it took around 17 minutes to set itself up and send signals to the Earth.
DID YOU KNOW?
The six-wheeled solar-powered rover got its name after the Chinese Fire God.