The image shows the surface structure of the Martian rock and the trajectories of the Zhurong rover. (CNSA/Posted via Xinhua)
BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) — China’s Zurong spacecraft has already moved more than 300 meters across the surface of the red planet and has sent new images of Martian rock, sand and dust. As of Thursday, Zhurong has been operating on Mars for 54 days on Mars, covering more than 300 metres, the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of China’s National Space Agency said.
A Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth.
Since the rover landed on Mars, it has been moving south for research and exploration.
The navigation camera takes daily photos of the terrain and terrain along the route. Underground radar, meteorological instrument and surface magnetic field detector were also operated for exploration.
The image shows that some rock surfaces on Mars are covered in dust. (CNSA/Posted via Xinhua)
When the rover encounters prominent shapes of land such as rocks and sand dunes, the Surface Composition Detector and Multispectral Camera detected the fixed point.
The texture of the Martian rock and the rover’s corridors can be clearly seen on two images. Some of the rocky surfaces are covered with dust.
The image from June 26 shows a red sand dune on the surface of Mars. (CNSA/Posted via Xinhua)
June 26 was the 42nd day for Zurong on Mars. The rover has reached the area of the sand dunes. The onboard navigation camera captured images of red sand dunes six meters away. In one of the pictures there are stones of different sizes scattered around the dunes. The stone that points in the direction of the rover is approximately 34 cm wide.
The Fourth of July image shows an entire sand dune on Mars that is about 40 meters long, eight meters wide and 0.6 meters high. (CNSA/Posted via Xinhua)
The Fourth of July is the fiftieth day on Mars for Zurong. The vehicle drove to the south side of the dune, which is about 40 meters long, eight meters wide and 0.6 meters high.
The photo shows a group of stones of various shapes on the left, the back cover and the landing craft parachute in the upper right corner. (CNSA/Posted via Xinhua)
To the left of the picture you can see a group of stones of different shapes. In the upper right corner you can also see the back cover and the probe canopy. When Zhurong took the photo, the distance between the rover and the landing site was about 210 meters with the crow hovering, and the rear cover and parachute were about 130 meters from the rover.
The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission consists of an orbiter, lander and rover, and was launched on July 23, 2020. The craft landed with the probe on May 15 in the southern part of Utopia Planetia, a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars.
The Zhurong rover lifted off from its landing pad to the surface of Mars on May 22 and began exploring the Red Planet. This makes China the second country after the United States to bring and operate a rover to Mars.
(according to Xinhua News Agency)