Just a few days after landing on Mars, China’s Zhurong rover – named after the god of fire in Chinese folk tales – has sent back two images from the red planet: a black and white image, and a selfie in full colour!
Zhurong landed in the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet on a vast plain called Utopia Planitia on 14 May. Just a few days later, it sent back a picture from an obstacle avoidance camera that was installed on the front of the rover.
The black and white picture shows a ramp that descends from the lander down to the surface of the planet.
The second colour image was taken by a different navigation camera at the rear of the rover, and shows Zhurong’s unfolded solar panels and antenna, with a bit of the iconic Martian red soil and rocks in the background.
Zhurong also sent back videos taken by a camera on the orbiter that showed how the lander and rover separated from the orbiter during landing.