Observing the Surface in the Region of the Zhurong Rover
Observing the Surface in the Region of the Zhurong Rover
ESP_077511_2055  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
The Chinese Zhurong rover has been on Mars since May 2021, and HiRISE has imaged the region of Mars several times to monitor the surface for changes.

HiRISE is often used to observe changes to dust-covered areas near Mars surface missions. The blast zones around landings or tracks left by rovers can help scientists infer what the properties of surface materials are like.

This cutout is from three images acquired in 2022 and 2023. The rover is the dark and relatively bluish feature visible in the upper middle of the first (left) image and lower middle of the other two images. This time series shows that the rover has not changed its position between 8 September 2022 and 7 February 2023.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (21 February 2023)

Acquisition date
07 February 2023

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
285.8 km (177.6 miles)

Original image scale range
29.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~87 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
41°, with the Sun about 49° above the horizon

Solar longitude
21.1°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  349.1°
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
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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.