China releases new Mars image taken by Tianwen-1 probe

Added On June 8, 2021

China on Monday released a new image taken by its Tianwen-1 probe, showing the country's first Mars rover and its landing platform on the red planet's surface. According to the China National Space Administration, in the image, two bright spots are visible in the upper right corner. The larger one is the landing platform, and the smaller one is the Zhurong Mars rover. China's Tianwen-1 mission, consisting of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, was launched on July 23, 2020. The lander carrying the rover touched down in the southern part of Utopia Planitia, a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars, on May 15. The rover Zhurong drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface on May 22, starting its exploration of the red planet, and making China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars.