Friday, May 14, 2021

"China's 1st Mars rover 'Zhurong' lands on the Red Planet"


China just successfully landed its first rover on Mars, becoming only the second nation to do so. 

The Tianwen-1 mission, China's first interplanetary endeavor, reached the surface of the Red Planet Friday (May 14) at approximately 7:11 p.m. EDT (2311 GMT), though Chinese space officials have not yet confirmed the exact time and location of touchdown. Tianwen-1 (which translates to "Heavenly Questions") arrived in Mars' orbit in February after launching to the Red Planet on a Long March 5 rocket in July 2020. 

After circling the Red Planet for more than three months, the Tianwen-1 lander, with the rover attached, separated from the orbiter to begin its plunge toward the planet's surface. Once the lander and rover entered Mars' atmosphere, the spacecraft endured a similar procedure to the "seven minutes of terror" that NASA's Mars rovers have experienced when attempting soft landings on Mars....


It appears to be drawing a nine-dash-line in ever-widening circles around the landing area. 

Sorry, that's a lie. I was thinking about China's rather ridiculous South China Sea claim and wires got crossed:

At least The Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam think it's ridiculous. 
China is dead serious.