An American satellite has pictured the new Chinese rover on the surface of Mars. The image acquired by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Zhurong near Tianwen-1 Lander.
“This image shows the surrounding terrain to be very typical of southern Utopia Planitia, with a smooth and mostly boulder-free region,” HiRISE team said.
China’s successful Mars landing made the country only the second nation to successfully soft-land on Mars, joining the United States. The Soviet Union and the European Space Agency have also sent missions to the Red Planet’s surface, but those landings have not been successful.
The rover landed on 14 May in a region of the planet called Utopia Planitia.
China’s Zhurong rover also has sent back a batch of new images from Mars – including a “selfie”. The robot positioned a wireless camera on the ground and then rolled back a short distance to take the snap.
To Zhurong’s right is the rocket-powered platform that brought the six-wheeled vehicle to a soft touchdown.
Both display prominent Chinese flags.