On Saturday, China successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, which was a very difficult task more than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its goal in space.
According to the plan for a rover, it will stay in the lander for a few days for diagnostic tests before exploring an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will soon join an American rover, arrived at red planet in February.
The official Xinhua News Agency said in announcing, “China has left a footprint on Mars for the first time, an important step for our country’s space exploration.”
Since 1976, The US had nine successful landings on Mars.
The Soviet Union landed on the planet in 1971, but the mission failed after the craft stopped transmitting information soon after touchdown.