The sharp-eyed NASA spacecraft gave us a bird’s-eye view of China’s first Mars rover.
HiRISE camera onboard NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter I took a shot of a Chinese rover called (MRO) Congratulations, June 6, about three weeks after the wheeled robot landed a stationary lander on the vast red planet Utopia Planitia.
“We can clearly see what we interpret as a lander surrounded by blast patterns, and the rover itself after getting off the lander is a little south,” writes a member of the HiRISE team. Photo description, Released today (June 10th).
“This image shows that the surrounding terrain is very typical of the South. Utopia Plain“The bright, curved feature is the aeolian (wind-blown) terrain,” they added, in a smooth, almost rock-free area.
The HiRISE image also shows the hardware that helped Zhurong and its lander safely reach the surface of Mars. The mission’s heat shields, backshells, and parachutes are all scattered a short distance from the Roverlander Duo.
Zhurong is part of Tianwen-1 mission, Launched towards the Red Planet in July 2020. Tianwen-1 also includes an orbiter who studies Mars from above and acts as a relay link between Zhurong and the controllers on Earth.
Zhurong will study the geology of the landing zone and perform tasks such as searching for water ice during ground missions designed to last at least three months. Meanwhile, Tianwen-1 orbiters will carry out mineralogical and other surveys for at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days.
The new image is far from the first HiRISE (short for “High Resolution Image Science Experiment”) that captured a robot on the surface of Mars. A camera that can solve features as small as the red-stained coffee table below I also took a picture NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, Perseverance Rover, and Agency Phoenix and Insight landers
As the long list shows, MRO has been active for a long time. The spacecraft has been orbiting Mars for over 15 years, studying the geology and climate of the planet, scouting future landing sites, and relaying communications from spacecraft on the ground to Earth.
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Chinese Mars rover Zhurong discovered by NASA Orbiter from space (photo)
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