China has introduced new photographs from its Zhurong rover, which started wheeling its way all-around Mars in late May well. A person of the pictures is a beautiful selfie of Zhurong posed future to its landing system. The “touring team photo,” as the China Countrywide Room Administration calls it in a blog site submit, was taken with a tiny wi-fi digicam that the rover positioned on the surface area ahead of scooting back to line up for the shot like an psyched mum or dad.
Zhurong also took a picture of the landing platform by itself, showing the ramp the rover drove down, the Chinese flag, and if you seem intently to the still left of the flag, the mascots for the Beijing Winter season Olympics.
There are additional pictures in the Twitter thread underneath, connected in this article, including a panorama that reveals the Crimson Planet’s horizon in the distance further than the rover, alongside with marks on the area from propellant expulsion for the duration of landing.
Great panorama right here from Zhurong, demonstrating the intriguing horizon but also locations affected by the passivation of the landing platform (expelling remaining propellant to prevent explosion), to the north and south (also witnessed in the shots from Tianwen-1 & MRO from orbit). pic.twitter.com/M3HbkGS6P0
— Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) June 11, 2021
Zhurong joined NASA’s Perseverance on Mars previous thirty day period (although the rovers are around a thousand miles apart), building China the 2nd place to land and run a rover on the planet. It’s expected to keep checking out for about 90 times, and it will seize additional images whilst it analyzes the Martian weather and geology.
Perseverance also despatched along some glamour photographs of its individual in April, however it utilised a robotic arm (a selfie stick, if you will) fairly than environment a digital camera down and backing absent from it. This a person is a family image of equally the rover and its small helicopter companion, Ingenuity. NASA particulars how the selfie was created in this blog site put up with video clips.
And here’s Perseverance’s “face” against the serene panorama of Mars. The earth may be a lonely put, but it makes for a alternatively scenic backdrop.