(quote)

Landing on Mars is difficult, often fails, and will never be risk-free
China’s rover Zhurong, named after the mythological fire god, successfully touched down on Mars on May 14 — the first time that China has successfully landed a rover on the red planet.

On May 19, the latest Mars robot Zhurong sends back first images taken on Mars: got a good look at the dusty and rocky landscape at its landing site.

China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February.

China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February.

United Arab Emirate’s Hope probe, Mars orbiter (launched on 19 July 2020, and reached Mars on 9 February 2021).

NASA has now joined the fray with its alien-hunting Perseverance rover – the fifth robotic explorer NASA has sent to Mars. Unlike past NASA missions, which includes the plucky Curiosity rover, Perseverance was launched with the primary goal of searching for life.

After a nearly seven-month journey to Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is slated to land at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater Feb. 18, 2021, a rugged expanse chosen for its scientific research and sample collection possibilities.

After a nearly seven-month journey to Mars, Also traveling with Perseverance is the Mars helicopter experiment named Ingenuity. This solar-powered helicopter drone has a mass of 1.8 kg (4.0 lb). It is demonstrating flight stability in the rarefied Martian atmosphere and the potential to scout for ideal driving routes for the rover over its planned 30-Martian-day (31-Earth-day) experimental flight test window.

(unquote)

Image courtesy NASA, mars.nasa.gov, Wikipedia, NASA / Wikipedia, CNSA/CNet and @Cosmic_Penguin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

÷ 3 = 3