China's First Rover Lands on Mars
China is the second Nation to land a rover on Mars. The rover landed on Mars under the mission Tianwen-1. Tianwen-1 is China's first independent interplanetary mission. The space probe is carrying a combination orbiter, lander, and rover, launched from Earth aboard a Long March 5 rocket on July 23, 2020. The mission was conducted by The China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The Chinese Rover Zhurong landed on the Red Planet on May 14, 2021. The Tianwen-1 traveled the cosmos for 10 months before it began circling the Red planet in preparation for the lander and rover attached to separate. After the Tianwen-1 was ready to descent, the lander and rover entered Mars' atmosphere. During descent, A heat shield protected the spacecraft. After the Zhurong safely parachuted down to the Utopia Planitia on Mars. The Utopia Planitia has geologist excited because the destination could have a mud volcano- a small vent or fissure in the ground discharging hot mud.