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China's First Mars Rover Starts Exploring Red Planet

May 24, 2021

 

The simulated image captured at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on May 22, 2021 shows China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, driving down from its landing platform to the Martian surface, Beijing, capital of China. China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface Saturday, leaving the country's first "footprints" on the red planet. Zhurong's first successful drive made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

 

Ye Peijian (2nd R), academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and senior spacecraft expert, talks with space experts after China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, driving down from its landing platform to the Martian surface, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2021. China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface Saturday, leaving the country's first "footprints" on the red planet. Zhurong's first successful drive made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

 

Technical personnel moniter the process of China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, driving down from its landing platform to the Martian surface at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2021. China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface Saturday, leaving the country's first "footprints" on the red planet. Zhurong's first successful drive made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

 

Zhang Rongqiao (R), chief designer of China's first Mars exploration mission, talks with Wu Weiren (2nd L), chief designer of China's lunar exploration project after China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, driving down from its landing platform to the Martian surface, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2021. China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface Saturday, leaving the country's first "footprints" on the red planet. Zhurong's first successful drive made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

 

A staff member records the process of China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, driving down from its landing platform to the Martian surface from the screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2021. China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface Saturday, leaving the country's first "footprints" on the red planet. Zhurong's first successful drive made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

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