The China Nationwide House Administration (CNSA) has launched new footage of the continuing Tianwen-1 mission, which incorporates sounds of the rover in motion.
Launched by CNSA on Sunday, June 27, the footage reveals the parachute deployment, descent, and touchdown, the deployment of the Zhurong rover to the floor, in addition to a candy shot of the six-wheeled car backing away from its wi-fi digital camera. Launched in July 2020, the Tianwen-1 mission—China’s first to the Crimson Planet—arrived in orbit round Mars on February 10, 2021.
The primary video chronicles the touchdown on Could 15 and presents views taken from three totally different cameras. Just like NASA’s footage of the Perseverance touchdown earlier this 12 months, the video reveals the parachute deployment and the backshell separation. The rover’s impediment avoidance digital camera was used to report the touchdown itself. Media captured throughout the mission are relayed to Earth utilizing the Tianwen-1 satellite tv for pc, at the moment in orbit round Mars.
The second video is neat in that it consists of each visuals and audio. The rover may be seen—and heard—driving down a ramp because it exits the touchdown platform to succeed in the Martian floor, which it did on Could 22. The footage was captured by the rover’s entrance and rear avoidance cameras, and the audio was recorded by a microphone that will likely be used to check the Martian “surroundings and situation, resembling atmospheric density and different parameters on the planet,” explained Liu Jizhong, deputy commander of the Mars exploration program, within the South China Morning Publish.
The sound of Zhurong “shifting away primarily comes from the driving mechanism, the friction between the wheels and the ramp, and the friction between the wheels and the bottom,” in response to a CNSA statement. The sound is sort of muted, harking back to audio captured throughout flights of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter. Sound waves have barely any environment to work with on Mars, therefore the muffled audio.
The third video was taken simply previous to a neat selfie that reveals each Zhurong and the touchdown platform. After depositing the wi-fi digital camera onto the floor, the rover may be seen retreating because it heads again towards the lander in preparation for the selfie.
As of in the present day, Zhurong has been engaged on Mars for 42 Martian days and has journeyed a complete of 774 ft (236 meters). Each the orbiter and Zhurong are in “good working situation,” in response to CNSA. The mission is anticipated to final 90 days, throughout which era the rover will examine the Crimson Planet’s geology, local weather, regolith, and inner construction, as well as to looking for indicators of subsurface water ice.
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