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Chinese rover travels surface of Mars

Chinese rover travels surface of Mars

Beijing, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The rover of China's Tianwen-1 probe began to explore the surface of Mars, as part of the research aimed at discovering more details about the structure, environment and evolution of the 'red planet.'
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China’s National Space Administration detailed that the vehicle, called Zhurong, descended from the landing module and touched the Martian surface at 10:40 a.m. Shanghai time.

This took place just a week after the probe arrived in the south of Utopia Planitia, and two days after it sent its first images back to Earth.

China is the third country to achieve a similar feat, after Russia and the United States.

The Tianwen-1 mission was launched last July in the middle of a global race with the aim of detecting signs of life and determine whether it is possible to terraform Mars in the future.

In addition to the rover, the module includes an orbiter offering communication services and 13 explosive charges for geological tasks.

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