China releases photos of its Mars rover on surface of the red planet
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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China National Space Administration (CNSA) released images of its Mars mission. This image was taken by a separable camera deployed by the Zhurong rover, showing the rover and the lander on the surface of Mars.
China unveiled new photos of its Mars rover exploring the surface of the red planet on Friday, with state media hailing it as a sign of the mission's "complete success."
(CNN)China unveiled new photos of its Mars rover exploring the surface of the red planet on Friday, with state media hailing it as a sign of the mission's "complete success. "
The Zhurong rover, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed on the Utopia Planitia region of Mars on May 15.
This is China's first Mars mission -- making it only the second country to land a rover on the planet, after the United States.
The rover sent back its first images of Mars in May, several days after landing, showing a deployed ramp and the flat landscape where it arrived.
The new photos this Friday included a 360-degree panorama of the landing area, stitched together from a number of images the rover took after landing before it began driving through the area, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
China's Mars mission succeeded in entering the planet's orbit and landing a rover that could traverse the Martian surface in one go.
China launched its Tianwen-1 probe, carrying Zhurong and other equipment, last July along with two other international Mars missions: NASA's Perseverance rover and the United Arab Emirates' Hope Probe.
All three missions launched around the same time due to an alignment between Mars and the Earth on the same side of the sun, making for a more efficient journey to the red planet.