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China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered Mars orbit

China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered Mars orbit
Artist’s impression of the Tianwen-1 rover surveying on mars surface. Credit: China National Space Administration, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Mars is getting crowded! After being on the space-road for seven months, China's Tianwen-1 probe has successfully entered Mars orbit on Wednesday, just one day after UAE's Hope orbiter and eights days before NASA's Perseverance rover.

"Tianwen-1 is going to orbit, land and release a rover all on the very first try, and coordinate observations with an orbiter," mission managers wrote before launch in the journal Nature Astronomy. "No planetary missions have ever been implemented in this way. If successful, it would signify a major technical breakthrough."

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