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August has been quite the month for Mars panoramas. First, NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated nine years on the red planet with. Now China’s Zhurong rover is getting in on the action with a sandy scene from its Martian home in Utopia Planitia.
Zhurong, part of the China National Space Administration’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission, is scoping out a broad plains region. CNSA released a panorama view on Monday that also shows off the rover’s solar panels. The landscape is full of small rocks, along with some lovely sand dunes visible on the right side of the panorama.
While Curiosity is marking its Mars time in years,and is now on an extended mission as it continues to work its way across Utopia Planitia. CNSA announced the extension earlier this month. So far the rover has covered nearly 3,500 feet (1,064 meters) since landing in May.
The panorama adds to Zhurong’s impressive photo album. In June, the rover deliveredthanks to an assist from a remote camera.
China’s Tianwen-1 mission consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. Zhurong’s presence brought the number of active Mars rovers up to three along with NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance, which are off exploring different parts of the planet. That means we currently have an embarrassment of rover riches giving us windows onto the red planet’s wild and rocky vistas.
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