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The China National Space Administration released new footage taken by the country’s Mars probe Tianwen-1 launched in mid-May.

The China National Space Administration released new footage taken by the country’s Mars probe Tianwen-1 launched in mid-May.

The video and photos taken by the camera installed on the Tianwen-1 spacecraft Zhurong rover and released on Sunday showed that the lander deployed its parachute before landing on the surface of Mars, and the rover sailed from the landing platform to land.

The state television station CCTV stated that Zhu Rong, the Mars probe named after the Chinese Vulcan, has been working on the red planet for 42 days and has moved a total of 236 meters.

China’s first landing on Mars on May 15, 2021 is the latest step forward in its ambitious space goals.

On May 22, a remote-controlled rover drove down the slope of the landing module and reached the surface of Mars. This made China the first country to detour, land and deploy land vehicles during its first mission to Mars.

A few days after the historic landing of the red planet, the probe sent back its first photo.

The six-wheeled rover is investigating an area called the Utopian Plain, especially looking for signs of water or ice, which can provide clues to whether life existed on Mars.

Driven by solar energy, the 240 kg (530 lb) Zhurong will also use ground penetrating radar during a 90-day exploration of the Martian surface to look for signs of ancient life, including any groundwater and ice.

According to China’s official space news report, Zhu Rong will move and stop at slow intervals, with each interval estimated to be only 10 meters (33 feet) in three days.

China is the second country to land and operate a spacecraft on Mars after the United States. The former Soviet Union landed a spacecraft in 1971, but it lost communication after a few seconds.



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