CNSA has been making great strides in its extraterrestrial exploration program in recent weeks. Very interesting things are happening in terms of Chinese missions, both in the case of the Moon and Mars. The Tianwen-1 orbiter, orbiting Mars, took the first images of the rover’s landing site. These are the endless areas of Utopia Planitia.
In the images we can see a lander, rover, capsule and parachute system. The Zhurong robot and part of the capsule are more than 1,500 meters away. In the case of the parachute system and the other part of the capsule, it is much less, less than 500 meters. The CNSA reports that the images were taken on June 2.
CNSA released photos (before & after landing) of #Zhurong Mars rover landing site taken by the HiRIC camera of #Tianwen1 Mars orbiter. All of lander, rover, parachute, heat shield and back shield are visible in the image. Source: https://t.co/p7vAEl3lTZ pic.twitter.com/uv3ux0IUaw— CNSA Watcher (@CNSAWatcher) June 8, 2021
The agency is currently still testing the lander and rover. In 5 days, it will be a month from the landing of the first Chinese mission to Mars. It is therefore no surprise that scientists need much more time to test. After all, NASA has already sent a few rovers to the Red Planet, and this art is mastered to perfection. Scientists want to carry out the experiments slowly so as not to damage the rover.
There are many key tasks ahead of him. The robot is to look for traces of life in the Utopia Planitia region, where the American Viking-2 lander landed in the 1970s. When the rover finds the right places, an even more powerful rocket, Long March 9, will send another lander and rover there.
The Chinese space agency published images of its orbiter #Tianwen1 showing the landing site (before and after) of the module and rover #Zhurong.– Space News (@fromspacecraft) June 9, 2021
The rover can still be seen next to the module, in addition to the parachute and the heat shield. pic.twitter.com/C6rHnEhT0J
The robot will take samples, deliver them to a rocket, they will fly into orbit, leave Mars and return to Earth. All this is to take place by 2030. The Chinese Space Agency, with these large-scale missions, wants to take a historic step in the exploration of this planet.
Source: GeekWeek.pl/CNSA / Photo. CNSA
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