China releases new images of Mars taken by its Zhurong rover

China releases new images of Mars taken by its Zhurong rover

The Zhurong rover, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed on the Utopia Planitia region of Mars on May 15. This is China's first Mars mission -- making it only the second country to land a rover on the planet, after the United States. The new photos this Friday included a 360-degree panorama of the landing area, stitched together from a number of images the rover took after landing before it began driving through the area, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. Another image showed the orange Martian surface, with scattered rocks, a circular crater on the far side, and dunes in the distance. A third image shows the Chinese flag near the landing platform. The rover also took a selfie using a wireless camera, showing its extended solar panels and a tiny Chinese flag emblazoned on its equipment. The six-wheel solar-powered rover is intended to last three months, during which it will search for signs or evidence of ancient life on Mars' surface. While the rover explores the planet, its orbiter is also conducting scientific detection …
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