China’s rover conveys new images of Mars

China National Space Agency (CNSA) achieved another major milestone when the Tianwen-1 lander successfully soft-landed on Mars, making China the second nation to land a mission on Mars to establish communications from the surface.

Iran PressSci & Tech: The rover conveyed new images of Mars On Monday, reported.

Since the rover used to the surface of Mars, it has been going southward to explore and inspect the terrain. It has taken daily images of rocks, dunes, and other features using its Navigation and Topography Cameras (NaTeCam). Meanwhile, different tools – like the Mars Rover Penetrating Radar (RoPeR), Mars Rover Magnetometer (RoMAG), Mars Climate Station (MCS) – have also been collecting data on Mars’ magnetic field, weather, and subsurface.

The Zhurong rover makes China the second nation (after the US) land and operates a rover on the Martian surface. This will be followed soon by the Rosalind Franklin rover (part of the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars program), which will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime this September and is anticipated to land on Mars on June 10th, 2023.

These missions will help pave the way for human exploration, which China is now hoping to do (alongside NASA) during the 2030s. Much like all the crewed lunar missions planned for the near future, the human exploration of Mars is expected to be an international affair!


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