In March, NASA launched audio of its Perseverance rover firing lasers on the surface of Mars. Now China has launched audio of what it says is its Zhurong rover arriving on the crimson planet and getting settled in, Space News reviews. China has additionally launched photos of its Mars rover, which is unexpectedly cute as we noticed in its first “selfie” just a few weeks in the past.
Listen to what it sounds like as Zhurong rolls down the ramp of its lander automobile on to the surface (however simply to handle your expectations: you’re not going to hear any “pew pew pew” noises).
The solar-powered Zhurong first landed on Mars in Might, half of China’s Tianwen-1 mission which arrived in Mars’ orbit in February. After descending from the Tianwen-1 orbiter above the planet’s surface, Zhurong started its Martian journey on Utopia Planitia, a easy plain the place NASA’s Viking 2 lander touched down in 1976. That’s greater than 1,000 miles away from the Jezero Crater the place the US rover Perseverance touched down in February, nevertheless, so it’s not going the two rovers might be hanging out collectively anytime quickly. NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, was noticed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter climbing the planet’s Mont Mercou final month.
Zhurong, named for a Chinese language god of hearth, is nearly midway by means of its 90-day mission. However like other rovers on the crimson planet, it may continue to traverse Mars’ surface for a number of years.