Named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology, the Jurong rover landed in the Utopia Planetia region of Mars on May 15. This is China’s first mission to Mars – making it the second country to land a spacecraft on the planet, after the United States.
The third picture shows the Chinese flag on the landing platform. The rover also took a selfie using a wireless camera that showed the stretching solar panels and a small Chinese flag on its devices.
The six-wheeled solar-powered rover will last for three months, during which it will search for signs or evidence of ancient life on Mars. While the probe explores the planet, the probe also makes scientific detection.
“China will publish relevant scientific data in time so that humanity can share in the fruits of the development of space exploration in the country,” Zhang Kejian, head of China’s National Space Agency, said in a report to Xinhua.
China launched its Tianwen-1 probe last July, which carried Zhurong and other equipment, along with two other international missions to Mars: NASA’s Perseverance Probe and the UAE’s Hope Probe.
All three missions were launched around the same time due to the alignment between Mars and Earth on the same side of the Sun, making a more efficient trip to the Red Planet.
While Zhurong is not as technologically advanced as the tenacity of NASA, which is currently roaming Mars, her presence sends a clear signal that Chinese space capabilities are catching up with the United States.
The nuclear module is currently the largest spacecraft developed by China. But the station must consist of several units that launch at different times; According to Chinese state media, the plant may be ready to be fully operational by the end of 2022.
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