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China: Rover sent the first images captured on Mars

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China continues to make history, after being the second nation in the world to land an aircraft on the Mars plain, after the US, overtaking Russia in this new phase of space expansion. Tianwen-1 spacecraft, without any crew, landed on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first time.

The space vehicle called Zhurong, in honor of a mythical Chinese fire god, unfolded its solar panels and antenna and started sending signals to planet Earth last Saturday, so that for the rover to start and start capturing images, the next weekend it was pointed out as probable, but after all they managed to reach the goal before, and during the day of yesterday the National Space Administration of China (CNSA) released the first images sent by the rover on Mars.

In the first image, placed at the bottom, you can see the solar panels open and unfolded, since this is how the rover gains energy to work. The second image, below, we can see the descent platform so that the rover can start its way, leaving the platform where it comes integrated and can actually step on the red planet for the first time.

China Rover sent the first images captured on Mars

The rover will now inspect the landing site from May 22 to carry out inspections, Chinese officials said. The rover has six scientific instruments, including a high-resolution topography camera on board to study the surface, soil and atmosphere of the Red Planet, allowing scientists to receive more information about Mars. The objective of the mission is for the robot to be able to function for 90 days on Mars, with each day on the red planet having 24 hours and 39 minutes.

The Zhurong robot also looks for signs of life, including any groundwater and ice, using ground-penetrating radar, in an attempt to see if there is life today, or if there has ever been a trace of life in the past. In addition to the images, a video of the approach to the planet was also released, before the famous “7 minutes of terror” of entering and landing on the planet.

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The Tianwen-1 mission began in July of last year, with the launch of the rocket that took the rover on its way to Mars, and it came close to the red planet only in February, and it is only now that China has started landing in the red planet, which proved a success and made the country the second country to land on Mars, eventually overtaking Russia in this journey.

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