After a long cosmic journey and many hours of work, the Chinese astronomers finally see their dream come true: the Zhurong rover has finally touched down on Mars, and it shall start its mission to seek signs of alien life. Many scientists believe that in the distant past, chances were high for life to exist on the Red Planet in some forms.
FoxNews.com brings the news about the arrival of China’s rover to Mars, and it shall have 90 days at its disposal to find any signs of alien life. The rover is powered by solar energy, and the touchdown took place at 10:40 a.m. Saturday Beijing time (0240 GMT), according to the China National Space Administration.
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China’s rover arrived on the surface of Mars only a week after its take-off from Utopia Planitia, a large plain from Utopia, meaning the largest impact basin from Mars and in the Solar System (it has a diameter of about 3300 km).
The rover carries six payloads, including multispectral and optical cameras and radar capable of monitoring the ground.
Zhurong is part of the Tianwen-1 mission
Tianwen-1 is also known as the first independent interplanetary mission of China. After the spacecraft’s launch in July 2020, it entered the orbit of our neighbouring planet on February 10.
Tianwen 1 is also part of the Planetary Exploration of China by the CNSA (China National Space Administration). The mission involves sending a robotic spacecraft to the Red Planet that consists of an orbiter, a lander, a deployable camera, as well as the Zhurong rover. The spacecraft carries 13 instruments, and it’s one of the heaviest probes that were ever launched to Mars (about five tons).