China lands rover on martian surface

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The best way to get information on the status and updates of the project is at https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tianwen1



There is also the twitter feed https://twitter.com/MarsZhurong

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
bevans
Great effort.

40km off target isn't bad considering they are still learning.

The American's now land within 100m of target but they have more practice.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Are they within driving distance of another over?  If you look at the map they are close to at least 2 others
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Are they within driving distance of another over?  If you look at the map they are close to at least 2 others
bevans
Haven't seen a map of where the Chinese one is.

Mars has the same surface area as earth land masses. As most rovers and landers have avoided the poles, I'm sure some are within 1000km of each other. But as there are no roads, any vehicle will take some time to travel across the land. In the movie the Martian, it took him a few weeks to travel 3000 km.

EDIT: Having found a map, they Perseverance Rover and Tianwen-1 are about 2000 km apart.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianwen-1#/media/File:Mars_map_with_landing_site_Tianwen-1.png

About 30-35 degree of longitude apart or 10% of the ~21,000 km circumference at the equator.

Insight and Curiosity are fairly close. However Tianwen-1 is closest to Beagle, or what's left of it.

I suspect very strongly the Chinese would have gone to significant effort to ensure at no time was either the Perseverance or Curiosity rovers placed at risk as this would likely see the Chinese sent a $2B bill and more importantly international embracement across science and political communities.  Also the 2nd last thing the Chinese would also want is Perseverance or Curiosity (both of which will outlast the Chinese rover by 10 - 20 years) from strolling over and taking lots of happy snaps of the Chinese leading space technology.  

  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
But just think, at some stage in the future, our grand kids or great grand kids will be exploring Mars and checking out this ancient human artifacts.
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
"But just think, at some stage in the future, our grand kids or great grand kids will be exploring Mars and checking out this ancient human artifacts"

They'll stick it in a museum. Is it the same gauge as the American one?

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