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    China's first Mars exploration mission achieves rich scientific results

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    BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — China‘s first Mars exploration mission has achieved rich scientific results, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said Sunday. The Tianwen-1 orbiter had been operating normally for more than 780 days and the Zhurong rover had traveled 1,921 meters on the surface of Mars, CNSA said.

    The orbiter and rover of China‘s Tianwen-1 probe have completed targeted scientific exploration missions and acquired 1,480 gigabytes of raw scientific data. The Tianwen-1 probe consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. On May 15, 2021, it touched down at its preselected landing zone at Utopia Planitia, a vast Martian plain, marking the first time China has landed a probe on the planet.

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