Chinese Zhurong Rover Marks 100 Days of Exploring Mars

Zhurong rover and its lander on the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

BEIJING (CNSA PR) — Zhurong, rover of China’s first interplanetary probe mission Tianwen-1, has worked on Mars surface for 100 days as of Monday, and has driven 1,064 meters south from its landing point.

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China’s Zhurong Mars Rover Continues Past 3 Month Nominal Mission

Zhurong rover and its lander on the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

BEIJING (China National Space Administration PR) — China’s Mars rover Zhurong has outlived its three-month life expectancy with all of its predetermined tasks completed, according to the China National Space Administration.

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China Releases Photos of Zhurong Rover on Surface of Mars

Zhurong rover and its lander on the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

BEIJING (CNSA PR) — On June 11, at the unveiling ceremony of the first batch of scientific images of the Tianwen-1 rover landing on Mars in Beijing, the panoramic view of the landing site, the topography of Mars, the “Chinese imprint” and the photographs such as a group photo with a tour. The release of the first batch of scientific image maps marked the complete success of China’s first Mars exploration mission.

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China’s Zhurong Rover Rolls onto Surface of Mars

Zhurong rolls onto the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

BEIJING (CNSA PR) — Judging from the telemetry data, at 10:40 on May 22, the Zhurong rover had safely left the landing platform, reached the surface of Mars, and began to patrol and explore.

The scientific goal of the Tianwen-1 mission is to study the morphology and geological structure characteristics of Mars, the characteristics of the soil on the surface of Mars and the distribution of water ice, the composition of the surface material on Mars, the ionosphere of Mars and the characteristics of the surface climate and environment, the physical field and internal structure of Mars, etc. .

Since the probe was launched on July 23, 2020, during the ground-fire transfer flight and the ring-fire orbit operation, the orbiter is equipped with a medium-resolution camera, a high-resolution camera, a mineral spectrum analyzer, a magnetometer and other 7 scientific instruments. The payload started to detect and obtain scientific data. 

Zhurong rolls onto the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

During the fire surface work, the rover will carry out environmental perception, fire surface movement and scientific detection in the patrol area as planned. Through the configuration of the terrain camera, multi-spectral camera, subsurface detection radar, surface composition detector and other 6 payloads, the inspection area Carry out detailed detection. 

At the same time, the orbiter will operate in the relay orbit to provide stable relay communication for the Mars rover patrol and detection, and take into account the development of surround detection.

China Releases First Images From Martian Surface

Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

China released the first photographs of its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars. The vehicle landed on the Red Planet’s Utopia Planitia on May 14. China is the third nation after the Soviet Union and the United States to land on Mars.

The ramp that the Zhurong rover will take to the surface of Mars. (Credit: CNSA)

China also released animated gif images of the Zhurong lander separating from the Tianwen-1 orbiter.

Zhurong separates from the Tianwen-1 orbiter. (Credit: CNSA)
Zhurong separates from the Tianwen-1 orbiter. (Credit: CNSA)

Zhurong will explore Mars with six instruments:

  • ground-penetrating radar (GPR) capable of imaging 100 meters (330 ft) below the surface
  • Mars surface magnetic field detector
  • Mars meteorological measurement Instrument
  • Mars surface compound detector, which combines laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy
  • multi-spectrum camera
  • navigation and topography camera.