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China's Zhurong rover today touched down on Mars from the Tianwen-1 orbiter, the nation's state media says. We're told the machine will take carry out self-tests, and try to move itself to explore the Red Planet's surface. "On May 15, our country’s first Mars exploration mission, Tianwen-1, landed in a pre-selected landing …

  1. jdiebdhidbsusbvwbsidnsoskebid

    Today? At what time?

    "China's first Mars rover Zhurong will try to land on Red Planet in one piece today"

    Story posted at 2237UTC, about a landing to be attempted at 1113UTC "today". Have the Chinese or El Reg mastered time travel?

    And yes, I know I am being picky posting about a minor editorial temporal discrepancy when the real story is that human beings are landing [another] robot on another planet! Go earthlings!

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Today? At what time?

      Temporal anomaly goes away if it is 2313 UTC. Reported to [Corrections] at 2323 UTC.

      All ok now!

    2. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Time

      Yeah, that's at 11.13pm UTC today. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com please if you spot anything wrong, ta.

      And thanks to those who did -- it was fixed straight away.

      C.

    3. CuChulainn
      Happy

      Re: Today? At what time?

      Well, anyway. As of 01.34GMT (or 17.34 Pacific time, 18.34 Mountain time, 17.34 Central time, 20.34 Eastern time, 01.34 UTC, 09.34 in Ulaanbaatar, 13.34 in New Zealand, etc., etc.) it appears that they've done it.

      Well done.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: Today? At what time?

        "Well done."

        Absolutely! Whatever the politics, the science and engineering is impressive and deserves recognition. As per the article, a successful landing on Mars is a tough win to make.

        1. ThatOne Silver badge
          Joke

          Re: Today? At what time?

          Next step: Landing some traffic lights on Mars...

          Nah, seriously, great news. Personally I'm always happy when humanity tries to forge ahead rather than brawl with the neighbors.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Today? At what time?

          Maybe. I see this as China copying what is perceived as engineering excellence. Whether the project is actually any good and produces good science we probably will never know.

          Yes this isn't easy but its a whole lot easier after someone else has done it a few times and you can get a look at their plans.

          My Tsingtao is still in the fridge.

          1. ThatOne Silver badge

            Re: Today? At what time?

            > Whether the project is actually any good and produces good science we probably will never know

            It isn't that important either: Even if they are just flexing their technological muscle this time, it is still a step forward towards space exploration, and "the more the merrier", as they say.

      2. Bill Gray

        Re: Today? At what time?

        ...And at 13:14 mean local time at the site. (Yes, there is a convention for local time on Mars. I gather some of the folks working on Mars missions have had watches so they'd know when the rovers would be in daylight. No time zones of which I'm aware, though the crater Airy has been designated as being at the Martian prime meridian.)

        This gave me a chance to exercise my C code to compute Mars times.

  2. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    Watch out, I hear there's a nuclear laser tank roaming the planet somewhere.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      and it's got a helicopter.

      (air traffic control, permission to land...)

  3. spold
    Alien

    Not surprisingly....

    Apparently.... Many scholarly ancient texts show that Mars has always belonged to China...

    ;-)

    1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Not surprisingly....

      Many scholarly ancient texts show that Mars has always belonged to China

      And do not forget the most important discovery to be announced very soon:

      There are telltale signs that COVID-19 first started on Mars.

      1. Def Silver badge

        Re: Not surprisingly....

        I hear that’s also where 5G comes from.

        And Godzilla.

        1. vtcodger Silver badge

          Re: Not surprisingly....

          The reach of 5G is infinite. BTW, recent research I found on the internet shows that 5G is amplified by the microchips in COVID vaccines.

          (Other research from the web shows that Mars is probably nothing more than an illusion generated by 5G and the 5G has been around longer than most people think. Since biblical times at least. Maybe longer.)

          1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

            Re: Not surprisingly.... would be Novel

            vtconger, Hi,

            The reach of 5G is infinite. BTW, recent research I found on the internet shows that 5G is amplified by the microchips in COVID vaccines.

            (Other research from the web shows that Mars is probably nothing more than an illusion generated by 5G and the 5G has been around longer than most people think. Since biblical times at least. Maybe longer.) .... vtcodger

            Is it possibly an Affiliate of Holy Grails, and a SMARTR Variety Variant of the Infection?

            The posit here being that it certainly is, and on ACTive AIdDeployment in Future Development with Engaging Sources for Almighty Weaponed Environments ..... Heavenly Safe Havens .... Granted and Granting Absolute Power and Colossal Energy to Global Command AI Control in Controlling Command with Virtual Communications to Assisting IntelAIgent Community Headquarters.

            Does anyone want to suggest provision of anything else to improve and strengthen and harden onward progress/Deep See Operations veering towards Alien Intervention full to overflowing with Almighty Interludes? Greater IntelAIgent Games ACTivity is always warmly welcomed and enjoyed for testing and fitting proper use ....... the uses of which are many, extremely exciting and beautifully varied.

            1. batfink Silver badge

              Re: Not surprisingly.... would be Novel

              Well if anyone knows what's happening on Mars...

          2. steviebuk Silver badge

            Re: Not surprisingly....

            There's also research that suggests mars is made up of the same material a mars bar is and that, thats where the name came from.

    2. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge

      Re: Not surprisingly....

      The chances of anything coming from Earth were a million to one they said

      But still they come.

      1. Stoneshop Silver badge

        Re: Not surprisingly....

        But still they come.

        "You wait millions of years for a rover arriving from Earth, and then you get three four in short succession. What is this? Some interplanetary bus service?"

        1. Robert Sneddon

          Re: Not surprisingly....

          What is this? Some interplanetary bus service?

          Actually, yes. Every couple of years the stars align (so to speak) and there's a short window to fly missions to Mars using less fuel than usual in a reasonable amount of time. The American mission that delivered Perseverance and Curiosity directly to the Martian surface took off at around the same time the Chinese Tianwen-1 orbiter/lander mission to Mars was launched back in July 2020.

        2. werdsmith Silver badge

          Re: Not surprisingly....

          It’s a bit like the hare coming past on the greyhound track. As it sweeps by the dogs are released and go after it,

          Except, in this case the hare is on the outside of the track and a bit slower.

          My money is on number 6 in the stripes, Hohmann’s Express.

      2. DiViDeD Silver badge

        Re: Not surprisingly....

        But still they come.

        Except ... aren't they going the wrong way?

  4. RobThBay

    Plop?

    Did the news release actually say "plop"? LOL

    1. Spoonsinger

      Re: Plop?

      Probably landed on Beagle droppings.

  5. cjb

    Setting the sage for 'Mar Wars' ??

    1. RuffianXion

      There's no need to beat about the brush.

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    The SMARTR Live Operational Virtual Environment Option

    Setting the sage for 'Mar Wars' ?? ...... cjb

    Setting the stage for MarsWare to generate leading utilities with commanding facilities controlling otherworldly capabilities from and on Earth is the spinoff which delivers all manner of strange surprises with practically unknown consequences in TEMPESTuously ACTive Development Departments, methinks, and Top Gun JEDI AIMaster Pilot in those fields has one supplying everyone with everything they need to seed and feed to succeed in whatever endeavours precede and proceed before them and would lead them with rapid progress into a certainly uncertain but definitely extremely exciting future. Or do you think the future is already well planned some time ago ..... by a select few for a chosen few and one cannot change anything .... for better or for worse? Answers please on a posted virtual card to spaces below.:-)

    :-) That's a nice trip switch your shared there, cjb, which can have one comfortably obsessing compulsively considering whether simply accidental or intriguingly unintentional, a typo or Freudian slip. It opens up a whole new can of worms for some who be more than just a select chosen few to go phishing with.

    Bravo, China. Nice to see you, to see you, nice.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: The SMARTR Live Operational Virtual Environment Option

      "Bravo, China. Nice to see you, to see you, nice."

      The Man from Del MonteMars... he say "Yes!"

  7. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Nice work, but lacking --->

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing there...

    They'll not find anything either, but I suppose it's more about politics on earth than finding anything on Mars.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Nothing there...

      This is about pushing the horizons of man.

      Not just to see what is over the next hill or round the corner but to extend and develop our technical abilities.

      Besides, what makes you so sure there is nothing to find on Mars, have been there recently?

    2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Nothing there...

      They'll not find anything either, but I suppose it's more about politics on earth than finding anything on Mars. ...... ZanzibarRastapopulous

      That's very disruptively perceptive of you, ZanzibarRastapopulous, and more than a tad problematical for more than a select few in a previously self taught and crazily thought invulnerable and almighty chosen few.

      What to do next for the best, is going to result in some very interesting and edutaining revelations having repercussions and consequences beyond compare and standard limited understanding.

    3. vtcodger Silver badge

      Re: Nothing there...

      "They'll not find anything either,"

      Au contraire. Mars is the second most interesting place we can (barely) get to with current technology. The first would be the depths of our oceans. Also, Mars is probably the only place we could possibly terraform, although if that's possible at all the technology to do so is probably centuries beyond our current skills.

      Anything that tells us more about the fourth planet should be welcome. Good for the Chinese.

      The next EU-Russian Mars (ExoMars) effort is scheduled for 2022. Perhaps the Japanese or Indians or British -- if there is any British space program once Brexit settles out -- would like to take a shot as well.

      1. Mishak

        Terraforming

        Not worth the effort as there is no magnetic field to stop any atmosphere being stripped off by the sun.

        1. vtcodger Silver badge

          Re: Terraforming

          there is no magnetic field to stop any atmosphere being stripped off by the sun.

          The lack of a magnetic field IS a problem. And a nasty one as the result of going for a hike on a (temporarily) Earthlike Mars without reading the local space weather forecast seems likely to be fried martian. Or at least Martians that glow in the dark. Some form of radiation deflections seems high on the list ToDo list there. How to deflect it. Beats me. Ask Elon. Maybe he has some thoughts.

          However, I don't think atmosphere depletion is an instantaneous process. I suspect that an artificial atmosphere would last longer than the probable half-life of the human race -- which I think likely is shorter than many folks think. Personally, I think mankind's survival so far is something of a miracle.

        2. ravenviz

          Re: Terraforming

          Depends if we can exceed the strip off rate in producing the necessary gasses.

          Which would also require inordinate amounts of energy, or / and time to achieve.

          1. DJV Silver badge

            Re: producing the necessary gasses

            I'd better put the Christmas Brussel sprouts on to boil in June instead of the usual October then...

          2. Graham Cobb Silver badge

            Re: Terraforming

            Which would also require inordinate amounts of energy

            Shhh... If Elon hears that he will claim that "terraforming Mars" would be a great way to solve global warming by shipping all the hydrocarbons off earth and burning them in his rockets playing around with Mars!

            And he could even do Bitcoin mining on Mars - let the CO2 pollute Mars instead!

        3. adam 40 Bronze badge

          Re: Terraforming

          I did some back of the envelope calculations, and with about 14GW running through a 60-km diameter superconducting coil, one at each 'pole' of the planet, you could generate a magnetic field similar to Earth's in magnitude, which should be enough to funnel the pesky solar wind and protect any newly-generated atmosphere.

          So all you need are a couple of nuclear power plants, and two mahoosive coils.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Nothing there...

        > "Mars is the second most interesting place we can (barely) get to with current technology."

        You need to get out of the house more. Should be easier this year.

    4. Stoneshop Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Nothing there...

      Still more than in your lack of brain.

      1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

        Re: Nothing there...

        I think it's time to put @Zanzibar Rastopoulos into the box labelled "troll" on this topic*, and stop feeding. If s/he had ever explained the negative attitude in a reasoned way, I might have a different opinion, but this just seems to be contrarianism for the sake of it.

        S/he can be quite good on other topics.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nothing there...

          I've explained several times that there isn't anything there to find and that really this is just grandstanding. About national prestige more than anything else.

          The helicopter especially highlights that they don't have anything better to do than to put an RC helicopter up there that they themselves admit has little scientific value.

          There are better and more important things to do.

          I'm not alone in this view either I see the El Pais story on this also suggests that the primary objective is national prestige.

          This sycophantic Mars/space fan boy crap is the real trolling. They're even banging on about terraforming like it's either possible, would happen in their lifetimes or that it would even be allowed to demolish that planets natural environment.

          1. werdsmith Silver badge

            Re: Nothing there...

            There is a little part of a full human that needs to push and push at margins and boundaries and it’s a fundamental part of us. Some haven’t got it, just like some don’t feel romantic love. Fortunately those who don’t have it are in the small minority and so humans continue to progress.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Nothing there...

              Sure, it's fun, just don't use public funds and don't pretend it's "science".

              1. werdsmith Silver badge

                Re: Nothing there...

                Pushing and pushing at margins and boundaries requires pushing and pushing at engineering and science.

              2. Mishak

                Re: Nothing there...

                Public funds? The only "public funding" that SpaceX gets is when NASA pay for a service* (e.g., flying cargo / crew to the ISS". It's the same with the moon lander - they are buying a service, not funding Mars.

                * The on-orbit refuelling trials are a bit different, but that is still payment for a specific work package with defined deliverables.

          2. tfb Silver badge
            Boffin

            Re: Nothing there...

            I've explained several times that there isn't anything there to find [...]

            So how did you find out that there is nothing there to find? Did the clouds part and a mighty voice tell you? Was there a burning bush? Did a voice in your head just tell you. Was there mighty wind?

            Because, you see, outside of your head it is no longer the middle ages, and a lot of quite clever people have worked out that if you want to know something, you have to go and look: you don't just decide you know. We call this 'science'. And it's amazing how well it works and how bad people are at the whole 'being told by God' thing. People thought the Sun went around the Earth, so they looked, and it didn't, then some German person quite famous for being smart thought the universe was static and eternal and other people looked and lo, it wasn't (and he had the grace to admit he was wrong even), then they thought that certain obviously silly mathematical toys of the German person were, well, obviously silly toys and they looked and they weren't and indeed now they've heard pairs of these obviously silly mathematical toys colliding. And we thought we knew stuff about Pluto and we went and looked and, fuck me, we were so wrong about everything we 'knew'. And so it goes on: every time we 'just knew' something either because we'd been told by some imagined God or because were ever so clever and we'd worked it out ... we went and looked and we were wrong, often spectacularly so.

            But never mind: you're different I'm sure. When the great but somehow pseudonymous ZanzibarRastapopulous, tells us that 'there isn't anything there to find' then they're right, because they are far smarter than all the people who have been wrong.

          3. Stoneshop Silver badge
            FAIL

            Re: Nothing there...

            I've explained several times that there isn't anything there to find and that really this is just grandstanding. About national prestige more than anything else.

            And that explanation is based just on your opinion, not on any scientific data. Sure, some people may agree with that opinion. Some even manage to get that opinion into a newspaper. Doesn't mean it's an opinion that carries much weight and is worthy of further evaluation. It's just a small set of words, repeated over and over and devoid of any supporting action.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Nothing there...

              It's based on stuff having been sent there and not found anything.

              These are big ticket vanity projects and there's plenty to find on earth.

              They're not even very helpful from a space travel perspective. Musk's lot have made more progress on that score than NASA has since the 70s.

              1. Graham Dawson Silver badge

                Re: Nothing there...

                It's not that they've found nothing, it's that they've found nothing that personally interests you.

              2. tfb Silver badge
                Boffin

                Re: Nothing there...

                It's based on stuff having been sent there and not found anything.

                In the early 1980s a group of people built a machine. Like various earlier machines of the same type, it didn't work. But the people who built it didn't think it would work: they were building it to find out if it was possible to build a machine like that that did work. They decided it was. Starting in 1990 they built a pair of much larger machines, which took them about 12 years. They were used for a few years, but again, they didn't work. And, again, the people who built them didn't really expect them to work: they were building them, again, to find out how to build such machines. From 2005 to 2015 they built another pair of machines, in the same buildings that had housed the previous pair. On the 14th of September 2015 this pair of machines did what they were designed to do. A Nobel prize was won. But they did more than they were designed to do: the things they found were quite surprising and are in the process of changing our idea about how various important processes in the universe work. These machines are currently being rebuilt yet again to make them better, and together with machines already built in Italy and Japan and others to come they will certainly continue to change our idea of how the universe works.

                Here's the thing: there is technical progress. Outside your head it is no longer 1350. Each thing we send to Mars both helps discover stuff, and also helps us learn how to make things work on Mars so we can send better things to discover more stuff. Curiosity found conclusive evidence that there were large persistent bodies of water on Mars, that Mars had appropriate chemistry to support life, that there is currently organic carbon on Mars, that there are varying levels of methane (including some very strange and interesting bumps in the level) as well as a lot of interesting stuff about the atmosphere. It also showed that it was possible to land something weighing a tonne on Mars at all using a previously essentially untested and frankly rather implausible technique. Perserverance will discover new things as it has new instruments, will prepare samples for return to Earth where they can be looked at with machines which it is inconceivable to put on Mars, and has already shown that it is possible to fly a helicopter on Mars so that whatever rover follows it can use one to find interesting and safe places to look (getting trapped in sand has happened and is not good, and you can't find the interesting stuff from orbit).

                But I'm sure this is all very boring to you, in your grey empty world.

                (And yes: I am feeding the troll. I kind of enjoy feeding them: sorry.)

  9. 2+2=5 Silver badge
    Joke

    China lands Zhurong rover in ze-right place

    Some text is required

    1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: China lands Zhurong rover in ze-right place

      LOL, much appreciated ----------->

  10. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Interstellar exploration? That's ambitious.

    1. PhilipN Silver badge

      Beat me to it.

      Moved to go back to the source article and run it through G***** Translate.

      It could more felicitously be translated as "interplanetary".

      You will not get that from a straight copy and paste (which I presume is what El Reg did). You need to play with GT a bit : for example try translating "interstellar" into Chinese and it gives "interplanetary" as alternative usage and vice versa.

      1. Stoneshop Silver badge
        Boffin

        Re: Beat me to it.

        You will not get that from a straight copy and paste (which I presume is what El Reg did). You need to play with GT a bit : for example try translating "interstellar" into Chinese and it gives "interplanetary" as alternative usage and vice versa.

        Deepl turns the first paragraph into "On May 15, China's first Mars exploration mission, the Tianwen-1 rover landed in the southern pre-selected landing zone of the Martian Utopian Plain, leaving China's imprint on Mars for the first time and taking an important step in China's interplanetary exploration journey. Later, the Zhu Rong Mars rover will carry out global imaging of the landing site, self-test driving away from the landing platform and carry out roving probes in turn." on the first try.

        Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      Interstellar?

      My neighbour will be getting Interstellar later on when he fired up the Barby and pulls a couple of tinnies out of the fridge.

  11. veti Silver badge

    In other news

    "NASA has revealed that Perseverance is equipped with a hitherto concealed buzzsaw."

    Coming soon, Robot wars on Mars. Bring popcorn.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: In other news

      I suspect Zhurong is equipped with a hammer and possibly a sickle.

    2. Stoneshop Silver badge

      Re: In other news

      Coming soon, Robot wars on Mars. Bring popcorn.

      They should bring Sergeant Bash and Sir Killalot over first.

    3. Jiggity

      Re: In other news

      Bring popcorn, but don't start popping it yet... a quick back-of-the-hand calculation suggests it's going to be about 4-5 years before they get close enough for the first bout to even start.

      And then it will simultaneously be the most expensive, most technically advanced, and most lame Robot Wars episode *ever*

  12. Elledan Silver badge

    Second Earth Nation to land on Mars

    While the Soviet Union (1971) and Europe have attempted to land equipment on Mars before, these didn't last long enough to be called a successful mission. This makes China's triple whammy of a Mars orbiter, lander and rover seemingly working out so well even more impressive.

    Also happy for NASA's two rovers & drone to have a bit more company on that planet now. Must be getting old, cruising past all those defunct rovers, landers and craters from unsuccessful landing attempts.

  13. David Pearce

    Quality

    This proves that China is capable of producing top quality equipment when they want to. Landing on Mars has been proved again and again to be really hard

    1. vtcodger Silver badge

      Re: Quality

      "Landing on Mars has been proved again and again to be really hard"

      Indeed. Overall, the success rate has been right around 50%. The last two attempts -- Perseverance and Zhurong have been successful. Maybe we're getting better at it.

    2. EvilDrSmith
      Joke

      Re: Quality

      To be fair, landing on Mars doesn't seem to have been too difficult.

      GOOD landings on Mars, however....

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge
        Alien

        Quality Counts

        Landings for good and for good on Mars are what have proven themselves to be tricky to sustain and maintain and retain, however that was then, and in times and spaces now long gone by, and gone far away and awry is disarray.

        1. Chris G Silver badge

          Re: Quality Counts

          Going by a Daily Mail article that was sent to me by a mate in the UK, the US navy have been encountering some unusual flying objects, judging by the description of the manoeuvres of one craft, it had some kind of inertialess drive, if only we could do a rental deal with the owners, Mars trips could be regular.

          1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

            Re: Quality Counts

            Does the following report on the unusual encounter ..... https://www.rt.com/usa/523887-pentagon-confirms-ufo-video/ ... or is it Russian propaganda and/or US scare-mongering ......... attempting global brainwashing?

            1. Chris G Silver badge

              Re: Quality Counts

              That has one of the video clips I saw, the modern US Navy are apparently still using WWII gun cameras.

              I could get better photos of aerial objects at air shows in the seventies with a Practika camera and Ilford film.

              I assume the aliens use some kind of cloaking technology that turns modern cameras into antiques.

          2. low_resolution_foxxes Silver badge

            Re: Quality Counts

            You should always take those things with a pinch of salt. While I cannot discount the idea of a craft that moves in the way shown, a radar glitch is not entirely ruled out sometimes. While the glaring intention often comes back down to "they wanted to reduce our budget, but look at this shiny shiny threat we need to investigate!".

            On the videos doing the rounds, whatever it is, it is not organic. The G forces alone were calculated at hundreds of times what a biological animal could tolerate. So it becomes a drone or AI craft that just likes smashing itself into the ocean at high speed, for no particular reason.

            1. Robin Bradshaw

              Re: Quality Counts

              "a drone or AI craft that just likes smashing itself into the ocean at high speed, for no particular reason."

              That must be the British militarys super secret new Watchkeeper 2.0, crashing at high speed for no reason is sort of their signature move.

              1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

                Re: Quality Counts

                That must be the British militarys super secret new Watchkeeper 2.0, crashing at high speed for no reason is sort of their signature move. ..... Robin Bradshaw

                What would you think if you discovered and/or were told that the following quite alienating proposal and revelation was essentially a MODified British confection with an avid westernised taste, massive hunger and insatiable thirst for the exotic and exotic eastern delights that are beautifully designed to capture and satisfy the incorrigible amateur and professional pirate and private venture capitalist alike, and to degrees never before even dreamed to be remotely possible?

                Would you dismiss the notion even before asking and giving the UKGBNI Ministry of Defence Chiefs of Staff the opportunity to deny any and all knowledge of such a program which is submitted and pending with them? That would be fine chance lost to discover something both extremely troubling and immensely exciting which if not entertained and engaged with at home, by natural default migrates to sunnier and smarter shores abroad and greener pastures in foreign lands, which nowadays are journeys and inhabitations done virtually immediately in a flash via the power of a Zoom like call from anywhere you would be presently be.

                GrahamC [2105161008] ....... being positive and encouraging of future engagement in DARPA like activities on https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/14/darpa-working-on-new-cultural-interpreter

                Identify/Introduce globally unknown novel language[s] with an otherworldly and surreal view on Earthly matters .... an alien perspective which directly and sublimely impinges upon and fundamentally improves future likeable ACTive developments with command and control of critical virulent communications infrastructure and virtual AI exoskeletons, with media translating shared text into audiotelevisualised presentations for both live streaming and extremely simple recording/replaying/supplying into Random Access Memory and greater human consciousness/advanced enlightenment, ...... and IT and its support will effectively lead viewers and listeners to wherever one would be smart enough to effortlessly lead them with intelligently designed and imaginatively manufactured show movie, blockbuster pictures .... seeding and feeding future virtual reality broadbandcastings.

                To think and profess that to be either difficult or too difficult to do, is to admit and accept that it be certainly the work of, and in the gift of, others to supply and enable others to supply with AIMentoring and Monitoring SafeGuards.

                It is undoubtedly something worthy of a DARPA and Computational Cultural Understanding program and is freely shared here with that understanding.

                The world, and how it is remotely governed, has changed, and the mistake to constantly make which guarantees serial failure in negative progress and corrupted stasis alike, is to not realise that it be so.

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      2. Stoneshop Silver badge
        Trollface

        GOOD landings on Mars, however....

        So far, no-one has walked away from them.

    3. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

      Re: Quality

      To he fair, all we gave is an announcement from a press agency. Given the openness of Western space agencies, the secrecy of China is annoying and inexplicable.

  14. Fred Dibnah
    Thumb Up

    Impressive

    Even more impressive if the Grauniad is to be believed:

    "Six-wheeled, solar-powered and roughly 240kg, the Chinese rover is on a quest to collect and analyse rock samples from Mars’ surface.

    It is expected to spend around three months there."

    I wonder where it's off to next?

    1. vtcodger Silver badge

      Re: Impressive

      I don't think it's going anywhere. If you believe Wikipedia, the first Mars land and return mission will be a Russian mission in 2024, or SpaceX in 2024 or 2026, or a joint US-EU mission in 2026. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missions_to_Mars

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Knowing how the Chinese drive…

      Isn't that kind of comment basically just racist?

      1. Jan 0 Silver badge

        Re: Knowing how the Chinese drive…

        > Isn't that kind of comment basically just racist?

        Only if you think that Chinese Nationality is a "Race".

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Knowing how the Chinese drive…

          Well, yes I think I probably do. I think people often identify as that when asked what their race is.

          What set of races would you allow them to pick from?

          The UK government agrees with me there to:-

          https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/style-guide/ethnic-groups

  16. ITMA

    Hmmmmm

    Does anyone else see undertones of some sort in:

    "Red" China lands on the "Red" planet?

    LOL

  17. David Gosnell

    BBC posted impressive footage of the landing...

    ... until someone with half a brain got into the office in the morning and pulled it for obvious reasons. About as real as the Beijing Olympics fireworks.

    1. David Gosnell

      Re: BBC posted impressive footage of the landing...

      Link to BBC thumbnail for anyone interested and with an account on another dodgy superpower.

  18. razorfishsl

    You can bet it is there to leach off NASA signals.....

  19. chrisw67
    Big Brother

    Independent verification?

    Perhaps I am getting jaded, but has anyone independently verified a landed, transmitting spacecraft in the location claimed? The CCP Ministry of Truth is a thing to behold.

  20. Potemkine! Silver badge

    War of the Worlds

    Will rovers fight each others with lasers?

    1. veti Silver badge

      Re: War of the Worlds

      No sharks on Mars.

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