China has released the first photographs taken by its Zhurong rover, which touched down on Mars late on Friday as part of the country’s Tianwen-1 mission. The color image shows a view looking to the rear of Zhurong from a navigation camera above the rover’s main deck. It was captured with a wide-angle lens that also revealed a view of the Mars horizon in the distance, as well as two subsurface radar instruments on the rover itself.
China’s successful Mars landing made the country only the second nation to successfully soft-land on Mars, joining the United States. Zhurong’s arrival brings the active Mars rover tally to three, joining NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance rovers.
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