China lands unmanned spacecraft on Mars for first time

State-run media says landing ‘spectacularly conquered’ a new milestone; it joins US Perseverance rover which reached red planet in February

An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the US to land on the red planet.

The official Xinhua news agency said the lander had touched down on Saturday, citing the China National Space Administration.

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