On Mars, a Chinese sailor fell asleep

On Mars, a Chinese sailor fell asleep

Perhaps you won't hear from Zhurong for some time, a Chinese jockey that's been on Mars for over a year has just gone to sleep because of winter colds and local sand and dust storms.

According to China's Moon Research Program, Zhurong fell into a "flash" on May 18, when the temperature was about -20 °C during the day and dropped to -100 °C at night. These temperatures will continue to decline over the next few weeks.

The Tianven-1 Orbit Vehicle, which delivered the Zhurong Marsoir into the Martian atmosphere a year ago, also recorded several sand and dust storms formed over the landing area by its medium-resolution camera.

NASA cruisers and Perseverance will be able to continue their work during the Martian winter as they feed on radioisotope thermoelectric generators.

Lander NASA InSight, who arrived on the Red Planet in November 2018, is also experiencing difficulties in generating enough solar energy to continue working because of the dust stored on its panels. Zhurong may, in the meantime, tilt his own panels for maximum light collection; he is also equipped with special anti-dust coatings.

Thus, for China, this will not be the end of the journey, unlike the American mission Insight, which is only a few weeks away from the Red Planet, and Zhurong is expected to resume operations in December.

Purpose of the mission

It is equipped with a multispectral camera and a spectrometer equipped with laser technology to study its composition, and finally, like Perseverance, Zhurong is equipped with a georadar to detect geological processes that have led to the formation of the regions through which it passes.