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Chinese robot "Jurong" begins to explore Mars

Chinese robot “Jurong” begins to explore Mars

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The Chinese robot “Jurang”, which landed on Mars a week ago, left its landing pad on Saturday and began exploring the red planet. First to China, which has become the second country in the world to succeed in such an operation after the United States.

Chinese remote control robot “Jurong” leaves its landing site on Mars on Saturday, May 22 A week after he arrived, To begin exploring the surface of the Red Planet, the official China new company said.

Sending this robot to Mars is the first of its kind in Asia, the second largest in the world after the United States.

China was launched from Earth in July 2020 His colonial mission was named “Tianwen-1”, a space mission An orbit (orbiting Mars) that landed last Saturday on a portion of the red planet “Utopia Planitia” in a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars and a lander with “Jurong”.

Weighing about 240 kg, “Jurang” – named after the fire god of Chinese mythology – Sent his first photos on Wednesday. He will conduct analyzes of the soil and atmosphere and map the red planet.

More and more ambitious projects

“Jurong” has solar panels to supply its electricity and must be operational for three months. The rover is equipped with cameras, radar and light beams, which specifically allow it to study its environment and analyze the composition of Martian rocks. The mission to Mars should also look for possible signs of past life.

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By landing its robot on Mars, China, which is investing billions of euros in its space program to capture Europe, Russia and the United States, is witnessing its increasingly ambitious space programs. It sent its first astronaut into space in 2003 and launched satellites for itself or on behalf of other countries.

In 2019, he landed a device far from the moon – a world first. Last year, the models were brought back to Earth. The Asian company plans to assemble a large space station by 2022 and hopes to send men to the moon within ten years. The first of three components of its space station was launched in late April.

When a large component of the Long March 5B rocket orbiting the block returned to Earth uncontrollably in early May, China was widely criticized by the United States and several experts for violating space rules. A faction finally disintegrated in the Indian Ocean According to the Chinese Space Agency, most of it was destroyed as soon as it entered the atmosphere.

In 2020, another Long March debris collided with villages in C டிte d’Ivoire, causing damage, but no injuries.

With AFP