Chinese probe and lander take portraits on Mars
The dusty, rocky surface of Mars and the Chinese probe and lander with a small flag can be seen in the photos taken by the Mars rover on Mars released on Friday.
The four photos released by the China National Space Administration also show the upper layer of the “Zhu Rong” probe and the scene in front of the lower platform of the probe.
CNSA said Zhu Rong placed a remote camera about 10 meters (33 feet) from the landing platform and then withdrew to take group photos.
Last month, China landed the Tianwen-1 spacecraft carrying the Mars rover on Mars, after it had operated on the red planet for about three months. China is the second country to land and operate a spacecraft on Mars after the United States.
Both the orbiter and the lander display the small Chinese flag, and the lander has the outline of the mascot of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
This six-wheeled rover is investigating an area called the Utopia Plain, especially looking for signs of water or ice, which can provide clues to whether life existed on Mars.
Zhu Rong is 1.85 meters (6 feet) tall and much smaller than the American Perseverance Rover, which is exploring the earth with a small helicopter. NASA expects that its rover will collect its first samples in July and return to Earth as early as 2031.
In addition to missions to Mars, China’s ambitious space program plans to send the first astronauts to the new space station next week. The three crew members plan to stay at Tianhe Station or Tianhe Station for three months, much longer than any previous mission in China.
They will conduct space walks, construction and maintenance work, and conduct scientific experiments.
Subsequent launch plans to expand the space station, send supplies and exchange staff. China also brought back lunar samples, which are the first samples in any national space program since the 1970s, and landed probes and rover on the far end of the moon where there is less exploration.
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