China has successfully landed on Mars [Updated]

Enlarge / Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2020, shows the model of China’s first Mars probe Tianwen-1 lander and Zhurong rover at the Zhejiang International Intelligent Transportation Industry Expo 2020. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

10pm ET Friday Update: In what can aptly be described as a tremendous success, China has become only the second nation to soft land a spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

#BREAKING China’s Tianwen-1 probe lands on #Mars pic.twitter.com/gtzFwlpgot

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 15, 2021

Chinese media report that the Zhurong rover is expected to roll off the lander within the next three Martian days to begin its

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