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China successfully landed spacecraft on Mars
May 15, 2021

China successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars today (Saturday).  

The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere.

The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent.

So far only Americans had mastered landing on Mars and all other countries that tried have either crashed or lost contact soon after reaching the surface. Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated the mission team on its outstanding achievement in a special message.