June 19, 2021

China releases new images of Mars taken by its Jurong rover

Jurang Rover, named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed on May 15 in the Utopia Planetia region of Mars. This is China’s first Mars mission – the second country to land a rover on the planet. United States.

The rover returned the first images of Mars In May, Several days after landing, it shows the sorted curve and the flat terrain from which it came.
New photos this Friday include a 360-degree panorama of the landing area, sewn together from several pictures taken before the rover landed and began to flow through the area, according to the state-run news agency. Xinhua. Another image showed an orange Martian surface, with scattered rocks, a circular groove in the distance, and dunes in the distance.

The third image shows the Chinese flag near the landing site. Rover took a selfie with a wireless camera, showing a small Chinese flag engraved on its extended solar panels and its devices.

The six-wheeled solar-powered rover is intended to last for three months, during which it will search for signs or evidence of ancient life on the surface of Mars. While the rover explores the planet, its orbit is also carrying out scientific detection activities.

“China will release relevant scientific data in a timely manner so that mankind can participate in the benefits of the country’s space exploration development,” Zhang Kejian Xinhua, president of China’s National Space Agency, said in a statement.

China’s Mars succeeds in landing a rover that can orbit the surface of Mars At the same time. Between 1971 and 1997, despite decades of China, NASA undertook a number of tasks to complete those challenging missions.

China launched its Tianwen-1 probe last July, carrying Jurong and other equipment with two international Mars planets, NASA’s Perseverance Rover and the United Arab Emirates Hope Probe.

All three missions were launched simultaneously due to an alignment on the same side of the Sun between Mars and Earth, which made for a more efficient voyage to Red.

Although Jurong is not as technologically advanced as NASA, which is currently orbiting Mars, its presence sends a clear signal that China’s space capabilities are catching up with U.S. capabilities.

Chinese astronauts have long been excluded from the International Space Station – and one of the country’s own ambitions is to build its own space station. In April, It took a step closer to that goal and successfully introduced the first batch of planned facility.

The core module is currently the largest spacecraft ever built by China. But the station must be assembled from several blocks starting at different times; According to Chinese state media, the station will be fully operational by the end of 2022.