I would like to know if there is independent evidence of any kind that China landed a robot on Mars in May 2021?
As of May 16, 2021, the last news on CNSA (China National Space Administration) site is this one:
Tianwen-1 probe will land on Mars in next few days
China’s first Mars exploration mission, Tianwen-1 probe has functioned normally since its successful launch on July 23rd, 2020. On February 10th, 2021, Tianwen-1 probe entered the Martian orbit for scientific exploration and huge amount of scientific data are available up to date. With the evaluation of the flight status, Tianwen-1 probe is scheduled to perform landing campaign targeting Utopia Planitia at the proper slot from the early morning of May 15th to May 19th Beijing time.
There is no other statement saying that the landing already happened.
By independent evidence I mean things like:
- A UHF carrier, received by another state or hobbyist, that has a frequency drift consistent with a landing on Mars.
- A picture made by MRO showing the Chinese lander on the soil.
Xinhua has an article: "China's probe lands on Mars" but the text is vague and quotes CNSA. Nothing is said about the health of the lander/rover and no pictures are available.
Source: Xinhua| 2021-05-15 10:25:40|Editor: huaxia
The lander carrying China's first Mars rover has touched down on the red planet, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) confirmed on Saturday morning.
It is the first time China has landed a probe on a planet other than Earth.
The craft's plummet through the Martian atmosphere, lasting about nine minutes, was extremely complicated with no ground control, and had to be performed by the spacecraft autonomously, said Geng Yan, an official at the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the CNSA.
Tianwen-1, consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern China's island province of Hainan on July 23, 2020.
It was the first step in China's planetary exploration of the solar system, with the aim of completing orbiting, landing and roving on the red planet in one mission.
The spacecraft entered the Mars orbit in February after a journey of nearly seven months through space and spent more than two months surveying potential landing sites.
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