China releases video of Zhurong Mars rover


The Chinese space agency has released a video of the Zhurong Mars Rover rolling across the surface of Mars.

The photo was taken by a wireless camera that the robot placed on the ground.

The new media release also includes a sequence from the May Congratulatory Mars landing, demonstrating the moment of deployment and touchdown of the parachute system.

Six-wheeled robots are exploring an area known as the Utopia Planitia.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) states that Zhurong Mars operated 236m on 42 Mars days (as of June 27). Mars Day is Mars Day. Slightly longer than Earth Day, 24 hours 39 minutes.

The latest movie was broadcast to Earth via the Tianwen-1 satellite orbiting the red planet.

“Orbiters and Mars rover are in good condition, safely reporting from Mars to the party and homeland, and sending a distant blessing to the party’s founding century,” said the CNSA press statement.

July 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

In particular, a video release of the landing on May 14 was expected. Last week, several preview stills were handed out from Rover’s entry capsule looking up at the parachute system.

However, in the movie version, you can see the envelope inflating in the rare atmosphere of Mars. You can also see that the Zhurong and its landing platform are separated from the capsule’s “backshell.” And finally, a top-down camera captures the moment of landing as the platform’s brake rocket motor blows dust off the surface.

There are three videos on the surface. The first was probably taken shortly after Zhurong Mars placed the wireless camera on the ground, showing the robot retreating.

The second video shows Zhurong sitting next to the landing platform and wiggle the wheels. CNSA had previously released still images from this scene.

And finally, the third video details how the rover rolled down the ramp and landed on the surface of the water from the landing platform. What’s interesting about this movie is that we also make sounds. You can hear the operation of the robot’s movement system.

The nature of the atmosphere on Mars means that noise does not sound exactly like Earth. They seem to be confused.

Scientists want to serve Mars for at least 90 days from Zhurong Mars.

Robots are very similar to the Spirit and Opportunity Vehicles of the American Space Agency (Nasa) in the 2000s.

It weighs about 240 kg. The tall mast is equipped with a camera to take pictures and assist with navigation. Five additional instruments investigate the mineralogy of local rocks and the general nature of the environment, including weather.

Like today’s American rover (Curiosity and Perseverance), Zhurong Mars has laser tools for zapping rocks and assessing their chemistry. There are also radars that look for underground water ice. This is a feature shared with Perseverance.

The Perseverance landing video was released by Nasa shortly after descending to the surface of Mars on February 18.

Mars map

Mars map

Posted on