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LANDING OF CHINA’S ZHURONG MARS ROVER, May 14, 2021, ~7:11 pm ET

Update, May 14:  The China National Space Administration now acknowledges that it will try today.

This is no indication as to whether live coverage will be provided or when the world will know if it was successful.

 

Original Entry: China’s Zhurong lander/rover will separate from the Tianwen-1 spacecraft on May 14, 2021 and land on Mars at 2311 UTC (7:11 pm EDT) according to unofficial reports.

China itself had not made an announcement as of May 13.

Tianwen-1 arrived in Mars orbit in February 2021 and has been studying the planet ever since.  The Zhurong lander/rover will set down on Utopia Planitia.

 Zhurong means God of Fire in Chinese mythology.  The Chinese name for Mars, Huoxing, means Planet of Fire.

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Date:
May 14
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm