China’s first probe on Mars has sent back its first images including a ‘selfie’. The Zhurong rover made history by becoming the first-ever successful probe landing by any country on its first Mars mission. The rover was carried into Mars’ atmosphere in a lander and touched the surface on Saturday.
Zhurong arrived a few months later than the United States latest rover named Perseverance. The China National Space Administration got the images taken by their rover and published them on Wednesday. The images displayed the obstacle-avoidance equipment and solar panels mounted on the vehicle. They also showed the different textures of the Martian surface.
Chinese space engineers were nervous about the rover’s landing as state media described it as “the most challenging part of the mission.” The process included using a parachute to slow descent and buffer legs.
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