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Fri May 14, 2021, 11:38 PM

China has landed on Mars

https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/14/22436072/china-tianwen-1-mars-landing-zhurong-rover

"China landed its first pair of robots on the surface of Mars on Friday, state-affiliated media confirmed on social media, becoming the second country to do so successfully after overcoming a daring, seven-minute landing sequence. The countryís Tianwen-1 spacecraft ejected the rover-lander bundle for a Martian touchdown at around 7PM ET, kicking off a mission to study the Red Planetís climate and geology.

The mission marks Chinaís first independent trek to Mars, about 200 million miles away from Earth. Only NASA has successfully managed to land and operate rovers on the planet in the past. (The Soviet Unionís Mars 3 spacecraft landed on the planet in 1971 and communicated for about 20 seconds before unexpectedly going dark.) Chinaís mission, involving three spacecraft working together, is ambitiously complex for a first-timer ó the first US mission, Viking 1 in 1976, only involved a lander deployed from its probe.

China landed its first pair of robots on the surface of Mars on Friday, state-affiliated media confirmed on social media, becoming the second country to do so successfully after overcoming a daring, seven-minute landing sequence. The countryís Tianwen-1 spacecraft ejected the rover-lander bundle for a Martian touchdown at around 7PM ET, kicking off a mission to study the Red Planetís climate and geology.

The mission marks Chinaís first independent trek to Mars, about 200 million miles away from Earth. Only NASA has successfully managed to land and operate rovers on the planet in the past. (The Soviet Unionís Mars 3 spacecraft landed on the planet in 1971 and communicated for about 20 seconds before unexpectedly going dark.) Chinaís mission, involving three spacecraft working together, is ambitiously complex for a first-timer ó the first US mission, Viking 1 in 1976, only involved a lander deployed from its probe."

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Response to CentralMass (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:44 PM

1. The space race is on!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:45 PM

2. It would appear so.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #2)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:04 AM

4. There's nothing like competition to bring out

the best or the worst. The danger is weaponizing space. Teaching kids to keep the hate going is another sure fire bad thing. We seem to have so much of that, and it seems like it isnít hard to do.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #4)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:07 AM

5. Competition is a good thing.

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Response to CentralMass (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:53 PM

3. ...

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Response to CentralMass (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:15 AM

6. Did we equip the helicopter with drones ?

asking for a uh ... friend ?

✌🏻

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