In the photos released by the Chinese Space Administration on Friday, China’s Mars rover Zhu Rong assumed a bird-like pose while exploring the red planet, with the “wings” of the solar panels spread out, and the “eyes” of the two cameras. “Pointing forward.
Zhu Rong’s landing in May is the first successful landing of any country’s probe on Mars mission-a milestone in China’s promotion of space superpower status.
The rover was named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology, and has since been studying the terrain of the vast Martian lava plain called the Utopia Plain.
The photos released by the China National Space Administration showed that Zhu Rong left a mark on the red earth after riding on the surface of the earth from a landing platform decorated with the Chinese flag. The agency called it “the imprint of China.”
The six-wheel, solar-powered, 240-kg (530-lb) Zhu Rong is expected to spend three months taking pictures, collecting geographic data and collecting rock samples.
The space agency said on Friday that the “engineering mission of the Mars mission is proceeding smoothly as planned” and the equipment is currently “in good condition.”
China has now sent astronauts into space, powered probes for the moon, and landed a rover on Mars-one of the most prestigious awards in the competition for space dominance.
The United States and Russia are the only other countries to reach Mars, and only the former has operated a rover on the surface of Mars.
In the past, the United States, Russia, and Europe have repeatedly tried to land a rover on Mars, but the most recent time was in 2016, when the Russian-European joint spacecraft Schiaparelli crashed.
The last successful arrival was in February, when NASA landed its Perseverance rover and has been exploring the Earth ever since.