Photos show China's rover on the surface of Mars, ramping up its competition with NASA to explore the planet
Chinareleased a set of pictures from its Zhurong Marsrover on Friday.
- The images include a selfie of the rover and a 360 panorama of the terrain around the landing site.
- The rover also snapped a picture prominently showing the Chinese flag on Mars.
China unveiled a new set of pictures beamed back from Mars by the country's Zhurong rover.The images, released Friday, are the second set from the rover to be published by the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The new set is significantly more detailed than the first.
Another image shows that the terrain around the landing site is relatively flat, the China Manned
To grab a final picture, the rover traveled about 30 feet south, dropped a camera, and traveled back so that it could be seen on a selfie with the landing platform.
The rover is intended to spend three months exploring the plain, examining the chemical make-up of Martian soil, and looking for signs of water, Insider's Aylin Woodward reported on May 22.Utopia Planitia is of particular interest because it could hold reserves of water beneath its surface, which could be useful for potential manned missions to Mars in the future.
The two rovers are unlikely to meet, as China's mission is about 1,000 miles away from Jezero Crater, where NASA's Perseverance rover landed."China will publish the related scientific data in a timely manner to let humankind share in the fruits of the country's space exploration development," Zhang Kejian, head of China's national space agency, said in a press release.
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