The Zhurong rover, named after a fire god in Chinese mythology, landed on the Utopia Planitia region on Mars on 15 May. This is China’s first Mars mission – making it only the second country to land a rover on the planet after the United States.
A third image shows the Chinese flag near the landing platform. The rover also took a selfie using a wireless camera showing its extended solar panels and a small Chinese flag embossed on the equipment.
The six-wheeled solar-powered rover is designed to last for three months, where it will search for signs or signs of ancient life on the surface of Mars. While the rover explores the planet, its orbit also conducts scientific discovery operations.
“China will publish the related scientific data in a timely manner to allow humanity to share in the fruits of the country̵
China launched its Tianwen-1 probe with 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 were launched around the same time due to an alignment between Mars and Earth on the same side of the sun, creating a more efficient journey to the red planet.
While Zhurong is not as technologically advanced as NASA’s endurance, which is also currently on its way to Mars, its presence sends a clear signal that China’s space functions are catching up with those of the United States.
The core module is currently the largest spacecraft developed by China. But the station must be assembled from several modules starting at different times; the station could be fully operational by the end of 2022, according to Chinese state media.