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China releases a video and images from its Zhurong Mars rover

By Aswin Kumar

The China National Space Administration has released new footage captured by China’s first Mars mission probe, the Zhurong Mars rover of Tianwen-1 that was launched in mid-May.

Zhurong rover of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft released the videos and photos taken by a camera installed on Sunday.

The video shows the lander deploying a parachute before touching down on the Mars surface and the rover driving away from its landing platform onto the land.

“With the files, we released this time, including those sounds recorded when our Mars rover left the lander, we are able to conduct in-depth analysis to the environment and condition of Mars, for example, the density of the atmosphere on the Mars,” Liu Jizhong, deputy commander of China’s first Mars exploration program, told Chinese media.

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NASA’s Perseverance captured similar sounds of driving on Mars in March, led by Swati Mohan.

Zhurong, powered by solar energy, will also look for signs of ancient life, including any sub-surface water and ice. The probe will use a ground-penetrating radar during its 90-day exploration of the Martian surface.

Tianwen-1 carries seven science payloads that will change to its dedicated science orbit with a period of 7.8 hours after supporting Zhurong.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed Zhurong’s progress with images captured with the HiRise camera on June 6 and June 11.

China’s Zhurong rover (bottom) and landing platform (top) imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL/UArizona

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