Credit: NASA/JPL/UArizona

Caught on camera! NASA’s super-powerful Hi-RISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has imaged China’s Tianwen-1 lander the Zhurong rover in Southern Utopia Planitia.

HiRISE acquired the image on June 6.

Artwork depicts lander/rover at landing site.
Credit: CAST

“Clearly visible are what we interpret as the lander surrounded by a blast pattern, and the rover itself a bit to the south after it descended from the lander,” according to the HiRISE website at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “The lander’s parachute & backshell as well as its heat shield are also visible.”

This image shows the surrounding terrain to be very typical of southern Utopia Planitia, with a smooth and mostly boulder-free region. The bright curving features are aeolian (windblown) landforms.

China’s Tianwen-1 lander/rover successfully landed on May 14, 2021.

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