FP trendJune 10, 2021 5:13:41 PM IS
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released a photograph of the Martian surface that the orbiter of the Tianwen-1 probe clicked on. According to a report by CGTN, the image shows the Zhurong rover and its landing pad on the Martian surface. This photo was clicked on June 2 at 4:30 am IST (6 pm CST) by a high-resolution camera that was installed on the Tianwen-1 orbiter. CNSA He said that of the two bright spots visible in the photograph, the smallest spot is the Zhurong rover while the largest is the Tianwen-1 landing pad.
The statement added that a dark area surrounding the larger location may be due to the “column of air from the engine during landing,” reported China.org.cn.
The rear cover of the entry pod and the parachute that were thrown during the landing caused bright spots in the center.
CNSA also claimed that when the remaining fuel was drained after landing, it could have caused bright streaks near the platform in a north-south direction.
The Zhurong rover is named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology and coincides with the Chinese name for Mars: Huoxing or the planet of fire. Tianwen, on the other hand, means Questions to Heaven and is named after an ancient poem by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan.
On the morning of May 15, the Tianwen-1 lander and rover landed on Utopia Planitia, which is located in the southern part of an icy region on the surface of Mars. The Tianwen-1 mission was launched from Earth on July 23, 2020. It consists of a rover, a lander, and an orbiter. This is the first time that any other country except the United States of America has managed to land safely on Mars.
The Zhurong rover completed 23 Martian days on Sunday, June 6, reported CGTN. One day on Mars is equal to one day and 37 minutes on Earth. It has a mission life of at least 90 Martian days, which is equivalent to about three months on Earth.
The Tianwen-1 orbiter is currently in low orbit of Mars. With the purpose of relay data between the Zhurong rover and the station on Earth, it takes a period of 8.2 hours. It has a mission life of one Martian year, which is about 687 days on Earth.