China explorer travels 450 meters on Mars

Color photograph published by the China National Space Administration

China's explorer Zhurong on Mars has traveled 450 meters above the surface of the red planet, reported today the Center for Lunar Exploration and Space Program of the National Space Administration of China.

Since the rover landed on the surface of Mars, it has been traveling south for exploration and inspection activities.

The explorer's navigation terrain camera has been taking pictures of the Martian landscape every day. Very recently, it took pictures showing the lander's rear deck and parachute at a distance of 30 meters.

As of Thursday, Zhurong has been operating on the surface of Mars for 60 Martian days. A Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth.

China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft, consisting of an orbiter, lander, and rover, was launched on July 23, 2020. The lander carrying the rover descended on the southern part of Utopia Planitia, a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars, on May 15.

The Tianwen-1 orbiter has operated in orbit for 357 days as of Thursday.

 

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