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 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 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.
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.