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    Zhurong landed on Mars! The Tianwen-1 rover is on Utopia Planitia

    May 15, 2021

    Zhurong, the Tianwen-1 mission’s rover, successfully landed on the southern part of Utopia Planitia, Mars, on 14 May 2021, at 23:18 UTC (15 May, 07:18 China Standard Time). Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The name Tianwen (天问, Questions to Heaven) comes from a poem written by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan. The Tianwen-1 mission’s rover was named Zhurong (祝融) after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology.
    Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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    Zhurong’s landing explained

    May 15, 2021

    The designers of the Tianwen-1 Mars mission explain the landing process of the Zhurong rover. Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover - Zhurong (祝融).
    Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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    Zhurong’s first images from Mars

    May 19, 2021

    Zhurong, the Tianwen-1 mission’s rover, transmitted its first images form the southern part of Utopia Planitia, Mars, on 19 May 2021. Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
    Credit:China National Space Administration (CNSA).
    First images of Mars from the Zhurong rover

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    Zhurong is roving on Mars!

    May 22, 2021

    Zhurong, the Tianwen-1 mission’s rover, has descended from the landing platform to the surface of Mars, in the Utopia Planitia region, on 22 May 2021, at 02:40 UTC (10:40 China Standard Time). Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover. Zhurong (祝融), named after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology, has a mass of 240 kg and an expected lifespan of at least 90 Martian days.
    Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA)

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    Zhurong rover’s twin on Earth

    May 26, 2021

    Zhurong’s development team carries out tests on a 1:1 copy of the rover before transmitting the commands to Mars. Zhurong successfully drove off the platform onto the surface of Mars on 22 May 2021.

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    Zhurong’s landing site: before and after

    Jun 7, 2021

    The Tianwen-1 mission’s lander and the Zhurong rover successfully landed on the southern part of Utopia Planitia, Mars, on 14 May 2021, at 23:18 UTC (15 May, 07:18 China Standard Time). On 22 May 2021, at 02:40 UTC (10:40 China Standard Time), Zhurong descended from the landing platform. The Tianwen-1 orbiter captured the area before and after the landing, on 2 June 2021, at 10:00 UTC (18:00 China Standard Time).

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    Tianwen-1 Lander and Zhurong Rover seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    Jun 10, 2021

    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured with the HiRISE camera images of the Tianwen-1 Lander and the Zhurong Rover on Utopia Planitia, Mars.

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    Zhurong rover and Tianwen-1 lander on Mars

    Jun 11, 2021

    On 11 June 2021, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) released the first batch of scientific images taken by the Tianwen-1 mission on Mars. The panoramic image was taken by the Zhurong rover from the Tianwen-1 lander, using the Navigation and Terrain camera (NaTeCam). The first topography and geomorphology image was taken with NaTeCam, after Zhurong descended onto the surface of Mars. The Tianwen-1 lander is seen by the Zhurong rover from about 6 metres away. The Zhurong rover and Tianwen-1 lander captured from about 10 metres away in an image taken by a camera deployed on the ground by the rover.

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    Zhurong’s panorama explained

    Jun 12, 2021

    Zhang Rongqiao, chief designer of the Tianwen-1 Mars mission, explains how Zhurong’s first 360-degree panorama was taken, along with details about the other images and status report on the rover’s progress. Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover named Zhurong (祝融).

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    What’s next for Zhurong on Mars

    Jun 15, 2021
    Tianwen-1 Mars mission scientists explain what are the mission plans for the Zhurong rover on Utopia Planitia, Mars. Tianwen-1 (天问一号) is China’s first Mars exploration mission with an orbiter, a lander and a rover named Zhurong (祝融).

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