Chinese Mars rover completes main mission, continues exploration of Mars
The Chinese rover Zhurong has completed its main mission on the Red Planet. The Martian rover will explore the surface of Mars for 90 sols, or about 92 Earth days. The craft continues to explore the Red Planet even after the end of its mission.
Chinese space agency CNSA writes that Zhurong has successfully completed all of its proposed missions, writes organization. Since landing in the Mars Utopia Planetia region in mid-May, the Mars probe has, among other things, traveled 900 meters above the surface of Mars and analyzed various types of rocks and other surfaces. According to the CNSA, the Zhurong is “in excellent condition” and fully loaded.
Zhurong Land May 15th on the Red Planet and has since conducted research on Utopia Planitia, an area of Mars where there may have been an ocean in the past and where there may have been ice underground. Among other things, Zhurong conducted research on the surface of Mars and looked for signs of life on the planet. To do this, the Martian probe had six different instruments to sweep the ground, including a radar instrument that could see across the surface of the planet.
According to the CNSA, Zhurong’s measuring instruments are working well and the Martian rover sent 10 gigabytes of raw scientific data to Earth using the Tianwen 1 orbiter. This orbiter would have flown over the Zhurong site once a day for transmit data to Earth, he also writes. Espace.com.
Hopefully, this data will eventually help scientists better understand Mars and its history. “We hope that by providing this data to our scientists, we can better understand the geology of Mars and then see if we can find evidence of an ancient ocean in Utopia Planitia,” Tianwen chief designer said. to video surveillance.
The Mars rover will be temporarily offline between mid-September and the end of October. This is due to the expected interruption of its contacts with the Earth, due to solar electromagnetic radiation. After that, Zhurong would resume his mission.
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