06:46 GMT15 June 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Associate Administrator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen congratulated on Saturday China on the successful landing of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft on the Mars surface.

    “Congratulations to CNSA’s #Tianwen1 team for the successful landing of China's first Mars exploration rover, #Zhurong! Together with the global science community, I look forward to the important contributions this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet,” Zurbuchen wrote on his Twitter page.

    Earlier in the day, China said that Tianwen-1 with the country's first Mars rover Zhurong had successfully landed on the Red Planet.

    The probe was launched on 23 July and successfully entered Mars' parking orbit in February.

    Tianwen-1 is China's first independent mission to Mars and the world's 46th since 1960.

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    Spacecraft, Mars, China, NASA
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