Thomas Zurbuchen expects that this will make an important contribution to the study of the planet.
Thomas Zurbuchen, Deputy Head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Scientific Affairs, congratulated China on the successful landing of the Tianwen-1 station on Mars. In a message posted on Twitter, Zurbuchen expressed hope that this will make an important contribution to the study of the Red Planet.
“Congratulations to the CNSA team [Chinese National Space Administration] for the successful landing of the first Chinese rover. Together with the world scientific community, I look forward to the important contribution that this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet,” the message reads.
The automatic interplanetary station “Tianwen-1” on Saturday made a successful landing on the surface of the Red Planet, which was the first landing of a Chinese spacecraft on Mars. The rover, named “Zhurong,” which is part of it, will soon study the soil, ionosphere, and climate of the planet. The Tianwen-1 station was launched on July 23, 2020, using a Changzheng-5 launch vehicle from the Wenchang space center, located in the southern Chinese province of Hainan. In February, it reached the orbit of Mars.