China’s first-ever probe to Mars — called the Tianwen-1 — successfully entered orbit on Wednesday, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.
This comes one day after the United Arab Emirates’ Mars probe — called “Hope” — entered a different orbit around the same Red Planet.
China’s first-ever probe to Mars entered orbit around the planet
This makes China the sixth space-capable entity to successfully send a probe to the Red Planet, after the U.S., the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency, India, and — as of yesterday — the United Arab Emirates.
This came directly on the heels of the United Arab Emirates’ Mars probe — which successfully entered a different orbit around the same Red Planet after a 28-second burn on Tuesday.
However, China’s successful placement of a space probe in Martian orbit foreshadows Tianwen-1’s next steps. In a few months, a lander-rover hybrid will detach from the probe, and descend into the skies of a plain in Mars’ northern hemisphere — called the Utopia Planitia.
While China doesn’t always share its space news right away, we can look forward to a possible May landing.
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