Tracking the Zhurong Rover
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UArizona
Tracking the Zhurong Rover
ESP_073225_2055  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
The Chinese Zhurong rover landed on Mars in May 2021. (It was 14 May in the United States, but 15 May China.) This HiRISE image, acquired on 11 March 2022, shows how far the rover has traveled in the 10 months since it landed.

In fact, its exact path can be traced from the wheel tracks left on the surface. It has traveled south for roughly 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile). This cutout highlights the rover and the rover’s path (with contrast enhanced to better reveal the tracks).

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (18 March 2022)
 
Acquisition date
11 March 2022

Local Mars time
15:44

Latitude (centered)
25.061°

Longitude (East)
109.919°

Spacecraft altitude
288.5 km (179.3 miles)

Original image scale range
from 28.9 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) to 57.8 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning)

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
2.4°

Phase angle
63.8°

Solar incidence angle
61°, with the Sun about 29° above the horizon

Solar longitude
188.2°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  346.1°
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   (704MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (495MB)

JP2 EXTRAS
Black and white
map-projected  (348MB)
non-map           (472MB)

IRB color
map projected  (170MB)
non-map           (389MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (222MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (211MB)

RGB color
non map           (395MB)
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-Caltech/UArizona

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.