Rover leaves ‘China’s imprint’ on Mars

The 6-wheeled, solar-powered, 240kg Zhurong is expected to spend 3 months taking photos, harvesting geographical data and collecting rock samples. – EPA pic, June 11, 2021.

SOLAR panel “wings” spread out and two camera “eyes” pointing ahead, China’s Mars rover Zhurong struck a birdlike pose as it explored the red planet in photos released by the country’s space agency today.

Zhurong’s touchdown in May was the first-ever successful probe landing by any country on its first Mars mission – a milestone in China’s ascent to space superpower status.

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