China deployed a land rover on the surface of Mars on Saturday. The mission is one of many on its schedule as it challenges U.S. dominance of space exploration.
The country’s space agency said that the craft’s components, and those of the rover it would soon release, had “deployed in place normally.”
The announcement from state media suggests the country is now only the second country to put a working spacecraft on the Martian surface.
China’s Tianwen-1 mission, orbiting the red planet since February, is expected to attempt a difficult landing of the Zhurong rover soon.
Ingenuity has flown almost flawlessly through the red planet’s thin air and will now assist the science mission of the Perseverance rover.
Ahead of a successful fourth flight, the agency announced that Ingenuity would continue to fly beyond its original monthlong mission.
Ingenuity made a 328-foot round-trip journey, helping to demonstrate the capability of the vehicle’s navigation system.
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Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.
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The country’s Tianwen-1 mission is the second trip to Mars of the summer.
A goal of the Tianwen-1 launch is to catch up with decades of American success on the red planet, all in one mission.
Lifting off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, it is the first of three missions headed to the red planet this summer.
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