An unmanned Chinese scout successfully landed on the planet Mars on Saturday morning.

Chinese state media report this, referring to the national space agency CNSA.

The landing of Zhurong, as the scout is called, is a triumph for Beijing, which has increasing ambitions in the field of space travel.

To make a good landing, Zhurong first had to go through the 'seven minutes of agony'.

The drop through the atmosphere of Mars is considered treacherous and has proved a bridge too far for a number of missions.

If everything goes according to plan, the scout will remain in the spacecraft for a few more days for tests.

Then he will join an American scout who landed on the red planet in February.

The goal is to explore an icy part of Mars known as Utopia Planitia.

China is the third country to successfully land a 'rover' on Mars in a controlled manner, after the Soviet Union and the United States.