China Deploys Zhurong Rover on Mars Written 24 May 2021


Mockup of the Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (2018) | Pablo de León | Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 3.0

Reuters reported that China’s Zhurong rover “drove down the ramp of its landing capsule on Saturday and onto the surface of Mars, making China the first nation to orbit, land and deploy a land vehicle on its inaugural mission to the Red Planet.” The rover “drove down to the surface of Mars at 10:40 a.m. Beijing time (0240 GMT), according to the rover’s official Chinese social media account.” Zhurong “will move and stop in slow intervals, with each interval estimated to be just 10 metres (33 feet) over three days, according to the official China Space News.”
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