Photos Captured By China’s Mars Rover Zhurong Released

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Beijing: China unveiled new photos of its Mars rover exploring the surface of the red planet on Friday, with state media hailing it as a sign of the mission’s “complete success.”

Solar panel “wings” spread out and two camera “eyes” pointing ahead, China’s Mars rover Zhurong struck a birdlike pose as it explored the red planet in photos released by the country’s space agency Friday.

Zhurong’s touchdown in May was the first ever successful probe landing by any country on its first Mars mission — a milestone in China’s ascent to space superpower status.

The Zhurong rover, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, is China’s first Mars mission — making it only the second country to land a rover on the planet, after the United States.

Scientists are hoping to get at least 90 Martian days of service out of Zhurong.

The robot looks a lot like the American space agency’s (Nasa) Spirit and Opportunity vehicles from the 2000s.

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