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China is driving its rover on the surface of Mars


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.

Image Source: Cnet

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.

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.

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