China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft, which was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China's Hainan province in the summer of 2020, has successfully landed on the surface of the Red Planet. China became the second country after the United States to reach Mars.
Tianwen-1 landed in the southern part of the Utopia Planitia in the northern hemisphere of Mars. It consists of an orbital module, a landing platform, and the Zhurong rover. The latter will soon begin to investigate the geology of the landing area.
The spacecraft managed to enter Mars orbit back in February. Back then, it took several photographs of the planet's surface.
In addition to studying the surface and atmosphere of Mars, Zhurong will look for signs of life that may have existed there. In particular, in groundwater and ice.
As noted by the BBC, the rover resembles the American one and the Opportunity rover, which reached Mars in 2004.
Recently, the American Ingenuity helicopter has made its fourth flight to Mars: