A Chinese landing party carrying a rover successfully touched Mars for the first time, state media reported
Why it matters: This is the first time China has landed a spacecraft on another planet and launched the nation into an elite club of just a few space agencies to successfully reach the surface of Mars.
What is happening: The rover arrived in orbit around the Red Planet in February with the country’s Tianwen-1 mission.
- The rover is reportedly designed to look for water, ice and possible signs of life.
- This was China’s first attempt to land on Mars.
The big picture: This mission fits into China̵
- The country is currently building a space station and is seeking to develop a research station on the moon with Russia.