“Congratulations to CNSA’s #Tianwen1 team for the successful landing of China’s first Mars exploration rover, #Zhurong! Together with the global science community, I look forward to the important contributions this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet.”
So says Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, a few minutes ago. China has announced that her lander and rover have landed, but that’s all the info we have. They didn’t even announce the lander separating from the orbiter or entering the seven minutes of terror. We were all guessing. We’ll have to guess a while longer to find out what actually happened.