Rover treks 1km on Mars


Into the unknown: China’s rover Zhurong exploring the surface of Mars. — China Daily/ANN

BEIJING: China’s Mars rover Zhurong has travelled more than 1,000m on the surface of the red planet, the Lunar Exploration and Space Programme Centre of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.

China’s Tianwen-1 mission, consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover, was launched on July 23, 2020.

The lander, carrying the rover with an expected lifespan of at least 90 Martian days or about three months on Earth, touched down on May 15 in the southern part of Utopia Planitia, a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars.

Starting its exploration, Zhurong drove down from its landing platform to the surface on May 22.

As of Aug 15, 2021, Zhurong had accomplished planned exploration and detection tasks.

The CNSA added that the rover will continue to move to the boundary zone between the ancient sea and land in the southern part of Utopia Planitia to carry out tasks. — China Daily/ANN

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