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China successful in placing rover over Mars

Six-wheeled space innuendoes had been more connected to human knowledge expanding the global stretch of study and progress rather than the disparaging insinuation, as proved by China. China has placed its name as the third nation to reach the red planet, Mars, after U.S. and Soviet Union.

This was made possible on Saturday via six-wheeled robots that made their way straight towards the vast terrain of the planet. The robot Zhurong consisted of three major components before the deployment at the region named Utopia Planitia. The three components comprised a parachute, a rocket platform and a protective capsule.

The orbiter called Tianwen-1 had already reached above mars in February. This was the orbiter responsible for bearing Zhurong and ending up in a noteworthy achievement.

Talking about the present scenario of remoteness towards the red planet includes a distance of three hundred and twenty million kilometres. A good span of almost eighteen minutes might be taken for a radio signal from there. With Zhurong, it took only seventeen minutes to send back the signal to earth after deployment.

Unlike the other previous attempts from different nations that ended up crashing or losing signals after they made up to mars, China had been insightful enough to aim a particular spot. The selection of spots in the northern hemisphere comprised criteria that hold the dearth of craters and a suitable environment for the deployment.

Maintaining a predictable time for the parachute to launch, keeping in mind the velocity and time lag, this autonomous control of invention was highly appreciated for its successful landing.

Powered by solar panels, this outstanding contrivance had not only made possible the capturing of the snaps post unfolding of the panels and landing on Mars but also this two-hundred-and-forty kilograms weighing robot resembled like NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity space models. More resemblance from NASA and the model had been noted since Utopia Planitia had already been a landing spot of Viking-2 mission.

Space technologies and fine use of chemistry had resulted in snapshots of the locale and other environmental features. It included the use of radar for hydrological surface snaps and the study of mineralogy of rocks.

Apart from the Soviet Union and the US, China had made its record for landing on mars that had earned the nation cooperation with Roscomos, The Russian Space Agency. This mission had earned a lot of congratulations and appreciation from Chinese president Xi Jinping. The head of science at the U.S. space agency at NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen had also given hearty congratulations for this remarkable achievement on behalf of the global science community.

Another member at the Heritage Foundation, an associate at Chinese political and military affairs at Washington, Dean Cheang also added to the appreciation of the crowning moment for China where he mentioned the upholding of reinforcement of legitimacy of the Chinese communist party as well as endorsing the procurement of global mission with context to human knowledge.

Amongst the other successful landing as per the NASA sources, Zhurong had also got a place along with Phoenix, Viking-1, Viking-2, Opportunity, Spirit, Insight, etc. After Zhurong’s landing, the estimated period of about ninety days had been considered for the study of geology and locale. This achievement of China had been remarkable both as a success and as motivation.

Supriya Rani

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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