Of chinaThe weekend marked a new milestone for the country’s space program. But we may have to wait a while before we get a first look at the rover’s Mars view.
The China National Space Administration released a statement in English on Monday confirming the landing as part of the Tianwen-1 mission, China’s first attempt to reach the surface of another planet, said Wu Yanhua. The CNSA director told the state-run China Daily Zhurong will make a diagnosis and move off the landing platform in the coming days, and the first photos are expected around the end of May.
CNSA works very differently from NASA.When NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in February, space fans were quick to act.CNSA tends to play cards close to the vest.
While some space fans on social media voiced concerns about the lack of footage from Zhurong, journalist Andrew Jones, covering the Chinese space program for SpaceNews, suggested on Twitter that the delay could be due to the fact that this was the first of China Rover on the red planet
There is still no reason to worry about the rover’s health. Communication between Mars and Earth can be tricky and time consuming.China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft is in orbit around Earth and will act as a relay for the rover.
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While it would be nice to get some faster photos, any photo Zhurong sent home in the vast flat area of Utopia Planitia would be worth the wait. In the meantime, you can enjoy your files..
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