China finally has the Landing Site for the Tianwen-1 Mars Rover


News has emerged that China has identified and chose the key landing site for the Tianweb-1 Mars rover. This is ahead of the arrival of spacecraft at Red Planet in 2021 in the month of February. Tianwen-1, which consists of the orbiter and a lander-rover duo, is in progress on the way to the Mars following the propel on the Long March 5 rocket, which occurred on July 23. The members of the mission have undertaken tests on its science instruments. The current update from the country (China) went on to detail that Tianwen-1 had been able to travel a total distance of 137 million Kilometers as of September 11, and it was 15.3 million kilometers from the Earth at that period. 

China has already put plans underway that rover will try to land in the designed area of the Utopia Planitia, which is a very huge basin that was created as a result of a large impact far back in the Mars history. This area is located to the South of the Viking 2 Landing site for the NASA as well as the northwest of the location where Mars InSight Lander, which is an American Space Agency was able to touch down in 2018 November. But the information published in the China Space News publication due to the launch, which occurred in July, does offer some specific key landing site. 

This article detailed the landing site coordinates to be 110.318-degree east longitude as well as 24.748 degrees north latitude, which is within the southern portion of the Utopia Planitia. Some online versions of this article have tried to modify and remove the coordinates; however, there does remain published by the sources citing the report. This area does appear to offer a safer place for the landing tests. Still, it is also an excellent scientific interest, according to the director, who is in charge of the Planetary Image Research Laboratory at the University of Arizona as well as principal investigator of a very authoritative HiRiSE camera aboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

McEwen has detailed this site as the typical southern Utopia Planitia, going on to add that it is mainly flat as well as smooth but with the aeolian, craters, a few boulders, and ridges. This has been described as covered by some scientists’ mudflows so that the ancient deep groundwater may have been available. He went on to add that this could be a fascinating location to learn and discover more with the rover.