Images Show Chinese Rover On The Dusty, Stony Surface Of Mars

The dusty, stony Martian terrain, as well as a Chinese Rover and lander flying little national flags, were seen in photographs taken by the rover on the red planet and released on Friday.

The four images supplied by the China National Space Administration also show the Zhurong rover’s upper stage and the view from the rover’s platform before it rolled off.

According to the CNSA, Zhurong set up a remote camera approximately 10 metres (33 feet) from the landing platform and then walked away to shoot a group photograph.

Last month, China successfully landed the Tianwen-1 spacecraft carrying the rover on Mars after a three-month orbit. After the United States, China is the second country to land and operate a spacecraft on Mars.

Small Chinese flags are shown on both the orbiter and the lander, while the lander contains silhouettes of the mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The six-wheeled rover is investigating a region called Utopia Planitia, looking for indications of water or ice that might reveal if Mars has ever supported life.

Zhurong is substantially smaller than the Perseverance rover, which is exploring the planet with a miniature helicopter and stands 1.85 metres (6 feet) tall. NASA anticipates collecting the first sample from the rover in July, with a return to Earth as early as 2031.

lgnews-Chinese-RoverChina’s ambitious space programme wants to deploy the first crew to its new space station next week, in addition to the Mars trip. The three crew members aim to stay aboard the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, a station for three months, which is significantly longer than any previous Chinese expedition. They’ll go on spacewalks, work on building and maintenance projects, and conduct scientific research.

The station will be expanded, supplies will be sent up, and personnel will be exchanged in subsequent launches. China has also returned lunar samples for the first time since the 1970s, as well as landing a probe and rover on the moon’s less-visited far side.

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