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China's Mars rover completes 100 days on red planet's surface

//english.dbw.cn  Author:  Source:xinhua  Editor:Yang Fan  2021-08-31 13:17:25

Image taken by China's Mars rover Zhurong shows the panorama of the site. China's Mars rover Zhurong has spent 100 days exploring the red planet's surface since it first set its wheels on Martian soil on May 22, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

China's Mars rover Zhurong has spent 100 days exploring the red planet's surface since it first set its wheels on Martian soil on May 22, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday.

The rover is part of China's Tianwen-1 mission that also consists of an orbiter and a lander. The mission was launched on July 23, 2020.

As of Monday, Zhurong has traveled 1,064 meters on the surface of Mars, while the orbiter has been in orbit for 403 days. The two are in good condition and functioning properly, according to the CNSA.

The probes will experience a sun outage in mid-to-late September when the Sun is aligned with Earth and Mars, with the solar radiation interfering with the communication between the probes and ground stations.

The orbiter and rover will stop working until the sun outage comes to an end, says the CNSA. Enditem

Image shows the route of China's Mars rover Zhurong. China's Mars rover Zhurong has spent 100 days exploring the red planet's surface since it first set its wheels on Martian soil on May 22, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

Image shows the road map of China's Mars rover Zhurong. China's Mars rover Zhurong has spent 100 days exploring the red planet's surface since it first set its wheels on Martian soil on May 22, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

Photo shows a set of commemorative coins celebrating the success of China's first Mars mission issued by the country's central bank. China's Mars rover Zhurong has spent 100 days exploring the red planet's surface since it first set its wheels on Martian soil on May 22, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. (China Gold Coin Incorporation/Handout via Xinhua)