Rover leaves ‘China’s imprint’ on Mars

Standing proud: The landing platform with a Chinese national flag and outlines of the mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics on Mars is seen from the ‘Zhurong’ rover. — AP

BEIJING: The China National Space Administration made public four pictures taken by the Tianwen 1 robotic mission, showing the Zhurong rover on the Martian surface and scenes of its landing site.

Three pictures were taken by Zhurong’s cameras, and display the rover’s upper stage, its landing platform as well as environment of the landing site.

Another one was shot by a separate camera deployed by Zhurong, which the agency described as “China’s imprint” on Martian soil, showing the rover and the landing platform together.

A Chinese national flag and a monochromic drawing of mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games are noticeable in the landing platform’s picture.

Also in this photo, the tracks of Zhurong on the surface can be clearly seen.

The photo of Zhurong and the landing platform was created by a small camera, which was originally attached to the rover’s bottom and then placed on the Martian soil when the rover travelled about 10m to the south of its landing platform.

After dropping the camera, Zhurong moved back towards the platform.

The process was recorded by the camera, which transmitted the video and pictures to the rover via radio signal.

The backdrop in the photos is the reddish, barren Martian land, on which Tianwen 1’s landing capsule touched down on May 15 on the southern part of the Utopia Planitia.

As of yesterday, Zhurong had been working on the Red Planet for 28 Martian days to carry out scientific exploration. — China Daily/ANN

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