China Completes Historic Mars Spacecraft Landing

China Completes Historic Mars Spacecraft Landing

China's uncrewed spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to do so.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • According to Xinhua, the Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, "for the first time leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars," according to Xinhua.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping sent his congratulations to everyone involved in the mission.
  • NASA's Viking 1 made the first successful landing in July 1976, followed by Viking 2 in September of that year.

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