The Zhurong Rover Explores Utopia Planitia
NASA/JPL/UArizona
The Zhurong Rover Explores Utopia Planitia
ESP_070377_2050  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
The Chinese Zhurong rover, named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed in Utopia Planitia in May 2021. Utopia Planitia is a volcanic region located in the low-lying Northern Hemisphere of Mars.

The expansive, flat, smooth plains of Utopia are dimpled by impact craters, volcanic domes, light-toned ridges made of wind-blown materials, and troughs. If the rover continues to drive south from its landing site, this HiRISE view shows the kind of terrain and features Zhurong may explore.

Written by: Sharon Wilson (narration: Tre Gibbs)  (23 September 2021)
 
Acquisition date
01 August 2021

Local Mars time
15:34

Latitude (centered)
24.878°

Longitude (East)
109.964°

Spacecraft altitude
286.8 km (178.2 miles)

Original image scale range
28.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~86 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
5.7°

Phase angle
53.7°

Solar incidence angle
48°, with the Sun about 42° above the horizon

Solar longitude
79.5°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  17.6°
JPEG
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

JP2
Black and white
map-projected   (796MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (439MB)

JP2 EXTRAS
Black and white
map-projected  (378MB)
non-map           (507MB)

IRB color
map projected  (147MB)
non-map           (343MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (209MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (200MB)

RGB color
non map           (323MB)
BONUS
4K (TIFF)
8K (TIFF)
10K (TIFF)

BONUS (MP4)
HiClip mini HD

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products
HiView

NB
IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

USAGE POLICY
All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible:
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.