China became the second country to successfully deploy a vehicle on Mars on Saturday, and the first country to do so on a journey to the “Red Planet.”
According to Reuters, the Solar-powered Zurong Rover landed on the surface of Mars in its landing module ramp at 10:40am Beijing time.
Zurong landed on Mars for the first time earlier this month and began its journey across the surface of Mars on Utopia Planitia, a smooth ground where NASA’s Viking two lander touched down in 1976.
It’s more than 1,200 miles from the Jezero crater, where American rover perseverance landed. February.
Space News reported that the third rover, NASA’s Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, was seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ascending Mars’ Mont-Marco last month.
Chinese state media tweeted photos of Zurong’s arrival on Mars.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 22, 2021
Zurong, named for the Chinese god of fire, has a Mars-Rover subsurface exploration radar, Mars magnetic field detector, and Mars meteorological monitor, as well as a high-resolution topography camera.
It’ll study the soil and atmosphere of Mars, and search for signs of water or ice beneath the surface of the planet during its 90-day-mission.
The European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos Space Corporation plan to jointly land a rover on Mars in 2022.