China Mars rover Zhurong makes historic landing on the red planet

First images from China’s Mars rover might take awhile to reach Earth

Mars Rover Zurong

The zurong seen here in a parable touched the surface of Mars safely.


Zurong rover landed on the surface of Mars Over the weekend, marking a new milestone for China’s space program. But we may have to wait a little before we see the first sight of the rover on Mars.

China’s National Space Administration on Monday confirmed the landing by issuing a statement in English, which is part of the Tianwen-1 mission, China’s first attempt to reach the surface of another planet. CNSA Deputy Director Wu Yanhua told the Government China Daily Zhurong that it would do diagnostics and move off its landing platform in the next few days, and its first photographs are expected to arrive by the end of May.

The CNSA behaves very differently from NASA. When NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed in February, space fans were quickly treated Rover’s first view of Mars. CNSA tends to play close to its leaf vest.

While some space fans on social media have expressed concern about the lack of images from Zurong, journalist Andrew Jones – who covers China’s space program for SpaceNews – Suggested on twitter The delay may be due to the fact that it is China’s first rover on the red planet.

There is no reason to worry about the health of the rover yet. Communication between Mars and Earth can be difficult and time consuming. China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft is in orbit around the planet and will act as a relay for the rover.

Landing is another feather in China’s space cap, which includes landings in recent years Chang’e 4th Mission to the far side of the Moon, Return Moon rocks on Earth through Chang’i 5 mission And launching The main module of a new space station In april

While it would be nice to get photos more quickly, any image that Zurong sends back to his new home in the large plains of Utopia Planitia would be worth the wait. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Comprehensive view of Mars of Tianwen-1 spacecraft.

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