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China lands uncrewed spacecraft on Mars for first time Updated: 2021-05-15 12:11:37 KST

China has landed an uncrewed spacecraft on Mars, becoming the second country to put a rover on the planet.
Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that the six-wheeled rover, Zhurong, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, reached Utopia Planitia, a large plain in Mars' northern hemisphere.
It's also where NASA's Viking 2 landed in 1976.
The rover used a combination of a parachute, a protective capsule, and a rocket platform to make the descent.
China's Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter will relay its signal to the rover during its mission and conduct a global survey of the planet for one Martian year.
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