China's Zhurong rover snaps a SELFIE with its lander on Mars

China's Zhurong rover snaps a SELFIE with its lander on Mars

China has released a selfie taken by its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars, in celebration of its first month on the Red Planet. Zhurong can be seen with its landing platform in the background adorned with the Chinese flag, from which the rover rolled off at the end of May to begin its exploration. Zhurong placed a remote camera about 33 feet (10 meters) from the landing platform, then withdrew to take a group portrait, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said. Zhurong successfully touched down on Utopia Planitia, a vast northern lava plain on the Red Planet, on May 15, after it spent about three months orbiting the planet. It blasted off from Earth in July 2020, tucked in the belly of China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft, which entered Martian orbit in February. Paul Byrne, a professor of Planetary Science at NC State University, tweeted: 'Everybody!! The Chinese rover #zhurong carried a small wireless camera that it placed on the ground to take a group photo. 'Look at the rover's little face!' Another photo released by CNSA today shows …
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