According to the National Space Administration, as of July 30 (today), the “Zhurong” rover has been working on the surface of Mars for 75 Martian days. The Tianwen-1 orbiter, which is providing relay communication services for the “Zhurong” rover, has been in orbit for 372 days.
After the “Zhurong” rover completed the scientific exploration of the second dune landform, it continued to move south and reached a complex terrain area with densely distributed rocks, impact craters and dunes this week.
In the follow-up, the ground flight control personnel will complete the visual positioning and movement path planning of the rover based on the daily navigation terrain images, and control the rover to safely traverse this complex terrain.
When passing by the scientific exploration targets of interest, the rover will use scientific payloads such as surface composition detectors and multispectral cameras to carry out detailed detection of them. During the crossing, the surface magnetic field detector, the Mars meteorological instrument, and the subsurface detection radar were turned on to obtain scientific data.
At 19:52 on February 10, 2021, after a flight of 202 days and 475 million kilometers, Tianwen-1 rendezvoused with Mars, successfully implemented capture and braking, and entered orbit around Mars, becoming my country’s first man-made spacecraft Mars satellite.
At 7:18 on May 15, 2021, the Tianwen-1 probe successfully landed in the southern part of the Utopia Plain on Mars.
At 10:40 on May 22, 2021, the “Zhurong” rover arrived on the surface of Mars and began on-orbit testing and inspections, returning “landing site panorama”, “topography”, “China footprint” and “authority”. Tour group photo” and other images.
As of 23:00 on July 17, the mileage of the “Zhurong” rover exceeded one mile (509 meters), and it will soon reach the second sand dune. It is planned to carry out detailed detection of the dunes and the surrounding environment.
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