Chinese rover Zhurong leaves platform and begins Mars exploration. (PHOTOS)



May 22, 2021 06:13 GMT

As planned, the rover will explore the surface of the Red Planet and study its geological structure, environment, atmosphere and water for at least 90 days.

Chinese rover Zhurong to leave of The China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced that the platform it has been on last Saturday, since it landed on Mars on May 15 and descended on a cliff to begin its mission to explore the planet.

As planned, the Zhurong rover – named after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology – will study the geology, environment, atmosphere, and water of the Red Planet for at least 90 days.

Last week, the device detached from the Tianwen-1 probe and descended to the surface of Mars in the southern part of Utopia Planizia, a vast plain located in the northern hemisphere. The descent through the Martian atmosphere lasted about nine minutes and was completed in automatic mode, without control from Earth.

The probe was Tianwen-1 Chest On a Long March-5 missile on July 23, 2020 from a platform located at Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, southern Hainan Province.

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