Beijing: The “wings” of solar panels are spread out, and the “eyes” of the two cameras point forward. In a photo released by the Chinese Space Administration on Friday, the Chinese Mars probe Zhu Rong poses as a bird while exploring the red planet. .
Zhu Rong’s landing in May is the first time any country has successfully completed the landing of a probe on its first mission to Mars-a milestone for China to enhance its status as a superpower in space.
The rover was named after the mythical Chinese god of fire, and has since been studying the terrain of the vast Martian lava plain called the Utopia Plain.
The photos released by the China National Space Administration show that Zhu Rong left a mark on the red land after he reached the surface of the earth from a landing platform adorned with the Chinese flag. The agency called it “the imprint of China.”
The six-wheel, solar-powered, 240-kg (530-lb) Zhu Rong is expected to spend three months taking photos, collecting geographic data, and collecting rock samples.
The space agency said on Friday that the “engineering mission of the Mars mission is proceeding smoothly as planned” and the equipment is currently “in good condition.”
China has now sent astronauts into space, powered probes for the moon, and landed a rover on Mars-one of the most prestigious awards in the competition for space dominance.
The United States and Russia are the only other countries to reach Mars, and only the former has operated a rover on the surface of Mars.
In the past, the United States, Russia, and Europe have repeatedly tried to land a rover on Mars, but the most recent time was in 2016, when the Russian-European joint spacecraft Schiaparelli crashed.
The last successful arrival was in February, when NASA landed its Perseverance rover and has been exploring the Earth ever since.