New images of Mars unveiled

By ZHAO LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2021-06-12 07:00
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The China National Space Administration makes public four pictures taken by the Tianwen 1 robotic mission on June 11, 2021. [Photo/China National Space Administration]

As of Friday, Zhurong has been working on the planet for 28 Martian days to carry out scientific exploration.

The robot is now hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth. It is the sixth rover on Mars, following five others launched by the United States.

With an expected life span of at least 90 Martian days, the 240-kilogram Zhurong is tasked with surveying Mars' landforms, geological structures, soil characteristics, potential locations of water and ice, and atmospheric and environmental characteristics, as well as magnetic, gravitational and other physical fields.

The 1.85-meter-tall robot is propelled by six wheels and powered by four solar panels, and can move at 200 meters an hour on the Martian surface.

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