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China names Mars rover after traditional fire god Zhurong

China’s first Mars rover can be named Zhurong after a conventional hearth god, the federal government introduced Saturday.

The rover is aboard the Tianwen-1 probe that arrived in Mars orbit on February 24 and is because of land in Could to search for proof of life.

It’s a part of Chinese language area plans that embrace launching a crewed orbital station and touchdown a human on the moon. China in 2019 turned the primary nation to land an area probe on the little-explored far facet of the moon and in December returned lunar rocks to Earth for the primary time for the reason that 1970s.

The rover’s title matches with the Chinese language identify for Mars — “Huo Xing,” or hearth star, the China Nationwide Area Administration stated.

The identify “signifies igniting the flame of China’s planetary exploration,” a deputy CNSA administrator, Wu Yanhua, was cited by the official Xinhua News Company as saying.

The highest candidate for the touchdown web site is Utopia Planitia, a rock-strewn plain the place the U.S. lander Viking 2 touched down in 1976.

CNSA says Tianwen-1’s targets together with analyzing and mapping the Martian floor and geology, in search of water ice and finding out the local weather and floor surroundings.

China would develop into the third nation after the previous Soviet Union and the USA to place a robotic rover on Mars.

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