On the 100th day of the Jurong rover mission to the Red Planet, China released an image of the probe 1km south of the landing site, recorded last week by the Tianon-1 orbiter. Also, a panoramic image of the view in front of the Jurong itself has been published, which is interesting.
China Space Agency Says Their probe then moves to the ancient sea and south of the “Utopia Plain” to gather information. The distance between Earth and Mars is approaching its maximum with 393 million kilometers, the organization noted. As a result, exploration of the Tianon-1 and Zhurong orbiters will continue from mid-to late September. During this time, the sun sits between the earth and Mars, disrupting communication.
At the end of this period, the Tianon-1 orbiter will continue to make remote explorations on Mars, at the same time acting as an intermediary between Zhurong and Earth.
The Chinese Space Agency has also released a panoramic image of Zhurong himself in the Utopia Plain, which shows a wide field of view from the sandy landscape in front of the spacecraft. Zhorong had previously taken a selfie of himself next to the landing platform in a fascinating scene.
Meanwhile, China’s central bank has minted coins symbolically to commemorate the success of its first exploration mission on the Red Planet.
Jurong is part of the Tianon-1 mission, which is China’s first independent exploration mission to Mars. China sent the astronaut into space about a year ago to gather information from the Red Planet and send it to Earth. Zhurong orbited Mars in February and landed on the planet three months later.
Jurong’s mission is to sample Mars and return them to Earth in 2030. China wants to send humans to the Red Planet in 2033. The probe is not currently alone on Mars and will continue to operate with NASA astronauts.
China is the third country to land on the Red Planet after the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States has been to Mars eight times, and the Soviet Union was only able to send a lander to the planet in 1971, although it lost contact with Earth and Russia has not been able to return to Mars.