Chinese researchers have published the first photograph from Mars, which they took with the Jurong device. According to them, the landing and deployment of the batteries were successful.
Chinese researchers have published the first photographs taken by the Jurong rover on the Red Planet. One of the images shows the landscape of the space in front of the robot, which is on the landing platform. On the other – the solar panels of the Chzhurong rover are visible.
The rover landed on the planet early Sunday morning Beijing time. Thus, China has become only the second country after the United States to successfully land a probe on the surface of Mars and control it for a long time.
Chinese scientists hope the six-wheeled robot will last for at least 90 Martian days while in the Utopia Planitia region, a vast area in the planet’s northern hemisphere.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has posted photos on its website. The researchers also filmed several short videos that capture the moment the rover’s airsuit – the capsule that used it to enter the Martian atmosphere – detached from the Tianwen 1 orbiter, which delivered the rover to the planet.
The scientists noted that the deployment of critical equipment after landing was done cleanly. The device was able to successfully deploy solar panels to power the robot, launching an antenna for communication with Tianwen 1 and other controllers in China.