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August was the perfect month for Mars parades. First, NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated nine years on the Red Planet. Now China’s Zhurong rover blasts into the action with a sandy landscape from its home on Mars in Utopia Planitia.
Zhurong, part of the China National Space Administration’s Tianwen-1 mission, is exploring a wide plains area. CNSA released a panorama on Monday that also shows the rover’s solar panels. The landscape is dotted with small boulders, along with some beautiful sand dunes visible on the right side of the panorama.
As Curiosity relives its time on Mars by years,It is now on an extended mission as it continues to make its way through Utopia Planitia. The CNSA announced the extension earlier this month. The craft has so far covered nearly 3,500 feet (1,064 metres) since it touched down in May.
Panorama adds to Zhurong’s impressive photo album. In June, the rover deliveredThanks to the help of a remote camera.
China’s Tianwen-1 mission consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. Zhurong’s presence has brought the number of active vehicles on Mars to three along with NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance, which is working to explore different parts of the planet. That means we currently have an embarrassment of rover riches that give us windows into the red planet’s wild and rocky vistas.
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