A NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has spotted China’s Zhurong rover down on the surface, providing an epic overview of the vehicle’s travels through the red dirt.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the image of Zhurong on March 11, according to a post from the researchers behind MRO’s powerful HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera.
Despite MRO orbiting 179 miles (288 kilometers) above, HiRISE managed to pick up the roughly 0.93 miles (1.5 km) of tracks that Zhurong has made journeying south since landing in May 2021, a cutout image with increased contrast shows.
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The photo shows that the rover visited the parachute and backshell that slowed Zhurong’s descent through the thin Martian atmosphere while also surveying surface features, including dunes.
Zhurong is part of China’s Tianwen 1 mission, which also includes an orbiter. Last month, that orbiter marked a full (Earth) year of circling the Red Planet. (Zhurong stayed attached to the orbiter for several months before separating for its May 2021 touchdown.)
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