Beijing.- The National Space Administration of China (ANEC) published today a panoramic image of 360 degrees and two other color photographs of the surface of Mars and the devices of the landing module. of the Tianwen-1 probe, which reached the surface of the red planet on May 15.
The panorama shows the surroundings of the landing zone, a flat, stony and ocher terrain, and was taken by the scout vehicle “Zhurong” (named after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology) before leaving on May 22, the platform where he touched the ground of Mars.
“The nearby surface is relatively flat, with smooth, light-colored stones of various sizes scattered and half-buried. There is a hole at the bottom with darker and more angular stones in the margin “, detailed the ANEC in the text published on its website.
The image also shows both the descent ramp to the Martian terrain and the rear of the “Zhurong”, cwith the solar panels that it uses to feed itself deployed.
“The abundance and size of the stones corresponds to expectations, “said the source.
The second of the photographs shows the landing platform, with the descent ramp of the “Zhurong” -also the author of this photo- and An unfurled flag of China.
At the end of the ramp you can see the footprints left by the astromobile on the Martian surface, which draw a circle.
For the third image, the “Zhurong” detached itself from the detachable camera that is usually located on the underside, and fell back a few meters.
Thus, both the rover and the platform can be seen, more in the background, from a ground level perspective.
“The image was transmitted to the vehicle wirelessly, which then bounced it to Earth through the orbit module “, detailed the text.
According to ANEC, the orbit module is in good condition and the rover has been working on the surface of Mars for 28 Martian days.
The “Zhurong” is part of the Chinese mission Tianwen-1, which was sent into space in July 2020 and whose landing probe reached the surface of the planet on May 15, in the southern part of the so-called Utopia Planitia, a plain located in the northern hemisphere.
Tianwen-1 (whose name can be translated as “heavenly questions”) is the first mission Chinese exploration of Mars and the first in history that combines the trip, the entry into orbit and the descent in a single mission.