Dusty and rocky Martian surface And a Chinese rover and lander with a small national flag were seen in photos released on Friday of the rover occupying the Red Planet.
Four images released by the China National Space Agency also show the top steps of the Zhurong rover and the view from the rover before it rolls off the platform.
Zhurong placed the camera at a distance of about 10 meters (33 feet) from the landing platform, then retreated to photograph the group, the CNSA said.
China landed the Tianwen-1 spacecraft carrying the rover on Mars last month after spending about three months orbiting the Red Planet. China is the second country to land and operate spacecraft on Mars. after the United States
Orbiters and landers each display small Chinese flags. And the lander features the outline of the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The six-wheeled rover is exploring an area known as Utopia Planitia, in particular searching for signs of water or ice that could give clues as to whether Mars once had life.
At 1.85 meters (6 feet), the Zhurong is smaller than the US Perseverance rover, which is exploring the world in a small helicopter. NASA expects the rover to collect its first samples in July to return to Earth as quickly as possible. in 2031
In addition to the Mars mission China’s ambitious space program also plans to send its first crew to its new space station next week. The three crew members planned to stay in Tianhe Station, or Heavenly Harmony, for three months. which far exceeded the length of China’s previous missions. They will conduct space walks. Construction and maintenance work and conducting scientific experiments
The next launch is planned to expand the station, deliver supplies and exchange crew. China has also brought back lunar samples. The first project from any country’s space program Since the 1970s, it has landed probes and probes on the far side of the moon that is rarely explored.