Tianwen-1, whose name means “quest for heavenly truth,” is made up of an orbiter, a lander, and a six-wheeled rover carrying scientific instruments.
It successfully entered orbit of Mars in February, having spent seven months traveling through space following a launch in July 2020.
In May, the Zhurong rover left a landing pad and landed on the surface of Mars, where it patrols and explores as part of a three-month mission to the Red Planet.
This achievement made China the second country after the United States to land and operate a rover on Mars.
“The ‘Zhurong’ rover has been working on the surface of Mars for 42 Martian days and has traveled a total of 236 meters. The orbiter and the rover are in good working order, ”added the CNSA.
“(They) signal the security of Mars to the Party and the homeland, sending blessings far away at the time of the centenary (of the Chinese Communist Party). “
With Tianwen-1, China is the first nation to attempt to send both an orbiter and a rover on its first mission to Mars.
NASA sent several orbiters to Mars even before attempting the much more difficult task of landing a rover.
This is not the first time that China has released images of the rover – the country also unveiled images obtained during the mission earlier this month.
CNSA hopes the mission will gather important information about the geological structure, atmosphere, environment, and soil of Mars, and look for any signs of water.
China has an ambitious space sector, and Tianwen-1 makes it the sixth country to reach Mars orbit.