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. ID
: 6 June 2021 altitude
: 287 km
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