Chinese spacecraft sends images from the surface of Mars


Today, Friday, China published pictures taken by a Chinese lander on the Red Planet, in which the surface of Mars Dusty rock.

The four images released by the China National Space Administration show the upper stage of Chorong rover The view from the rover before it leaves its platform.

The agency said Chorong placed a camera about 10 meters (33 feet) from the landing platform, and then pulled out to take a group photo.

The Tianwen-1 spacecraft (which carried Churong) landed on Mars last month, after spending about three months orbiting the red planet. China is the second country to land and operate a spacecraft on Mars, after the United States.

Both the orbiter and the lander display small Chinese flags, and the probe has outlines of mascots for the Winter Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The six-wheeled rover is scanning an area known as Utopia Planetia, especially for signs of water or ice that could provide clues to whether Mars was once inhabited by life.

At 1.85 meters (6 feet) tall, Chorong is much smaller than the American spacecraft Perseverance, which is exploring the planet in a small helicopter. NASA expects its rover to collect its first sample in July to return it to Earth as early as 2031.

In addition to the Mars mission, China’s ambitious space program plans to send the first crew to its new space station next week. The three crew members plan to stay for three months at Tianhe Station, or Heavenly Harmony Station, far exceeding the length of any previous Chinese mission. They will conduct spacewalks, construction and maintenance work, and carry out scientific experiments.

Subsequent launches are planned to expand the station, and send supplies and exchange crews. China has also returned samples from the moon, the first of its kind by a country’s space program since the 1970s, and landed a probe and rover on the far side of the moon.

(Associated Press)


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