19 February 2021
The successful touchdown of NASA's Mars rover "Perseverance", which was announced at mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, immediately thrilled Chinese social media users, with the topic rocketing atop of Sina Weibo search list, gathering over 30 million views as of press time. Chinese web users applauded the NASA craft's safe landing, and extended their sincere congratulations to the US. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) congratulated NASA for the smooth touchdown of the explorer, saying that "it is hoped that all three human missions to the Red Planet can achieve full success and make new contributions to human kind's deep space exploration."
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