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NASA, ROSCOSMOS Congratulate China On Successful Landing Of Tianwen-1 Spacecraft On Mars

Associate Administrator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen congratulated on Saturday China on the successful landing of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft on the Mars surface.

Earlier in the day, China said that Tianwen-1 with the country’s first Mars rover Zhurong had successfully landed on the Red Planet.

“Congratulations to CNSA’s #Tianwen1 team for the successful landing of China’s first Mars exploration rover, #Zhurong! Together with the global science community, I look forward to the important contributions this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet,” Zurbuchen wrote on his Twitter page.

Earlier,  the Chinese spacecraft Tianwen-1 with the country’s first Mars rover Zhurong successfully landed on Saturday on the surface of the Red Planet, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The probe was launched on July 23 and successfully entered Mars’ parking orbit in February. Tianwen-1 is China’s first independent mission to Mars and the world’s 46th since 1960.

Named after Zhurong, the God of fire and war in Chinese mythology, the traveler set out in July 2020 and reached Mars in seven months, while it took three months to orbit. The probe was launched on July 23 and successfully entered Mars’ parking orbit in  February. Tianwen-1 is China’s first independent mission to Mars and the world’s 46th since 1960.

ROSCOSMOS Congratulates China

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, congratulated Chinese colleagues on Saturday with the successful landing of spacecraft on Mars.

Earlier in the day, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China National Space Administration, that Chinese spacecraft Tianwen-1 with the country’s first Mars rover Zhurong made a successful soft landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

“Roscosmos welcomes the revival of exploration of the solar system planets by the leading space powers. The successful landing of China’s spacecraft on the surface of Mars is a great success of the PRC’s fundamental space research program,” Rogozin wrote on Telegram.

Roscosmos chief added that the Russian-European mission ExoMars is scheduled for Mars next year and affirmed Russia’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation “for the joint promotion of research into the Universe.”

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