Zhurong on Mars T-Shirt
A Major Achievement for China’s Space Program
On May 14, 2021, China’s space program made history when it successfully landed the Zhurong rover on Mars, marking the country’s first landing on another planet.
The Zhurong rover was sent on a mission to search for evidence of water and hints of past life on Mars, and successfully rolled off its landing platform onto the Martian surface. This achievement makes China only the second country in history to land a rover on Mars.
After spending months in orbit around the red planet, the Tianwen-1 spacecraft released the 529-pound Zhurong rover for a landing in the Utopia Planitia.
The rover’s descent to the surface was perilous, including atmospheric entry, slowing down from supersonic speeds with a parachute, and finally using retrorockets to land safely.
China’s Zhurong rover has the potential to make additional important discoveries about water and past habitability on Mars.
As a result, it paves the way for future human missions to the planet.
The successful landing of the Zhurong rover is a major achievement for China’s space program and a promising step towards the future exploration of Mars.
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