Tianwen-1 Lander and Zhurong Rover in Southern Utopia Planitia
Tianwen-1 Lander and Zhurong Rover in Southern Utopia Planitia
ESP_069665_2055  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission landed in southern Utopia Planitia on 14 May 2021. HiRISE acquired this image on 6 June 2021. 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.

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.

The lander’s parachute & backshell as well as its heat shield are also visible.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (10 June 2021)
Acquisition date
06 June 2021

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Spacecraft altitude
286.9 km (178.3 miles)

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48°, with the Sun about 42° above the horizon

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55.2°, Northern Spring

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