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What We Know About China’s Mars Rover Zhurong Landing – The New York Times

The announcement from state media suggests the country is now only the second country to put a working spacecraft on the Martian surface.



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It will be days after the touchdown that the rover rolls off the lander. Like Spirit and Opportunity, Zhurong will be powered by solar panels. For Perseverance and Curiosity, nuclear batteries turn heat released by the decay of radioactive plutonium into electricity.
The rovers seven instruments include cameras, ground-penetrating radar, a magnetic field detector and a weather station.
This was not Chinas first attempt at a Mars mission. That was Yinghuo-1, which failed nearly 10 years ago, although…

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