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China on Mars: Zhurong rover returns first pictures


China has released the first pictures taken by its Zhurong rover on Mars.


The forward view shows the landscape ahead of the robot as it sits on its landing platform; the rear-looking image reveals Zhurong's solar panels.


The rover touched down on the Red Planet early on Sunday, Beijing time.


In doing so, it made China only the second nation - after America - to successfully put a probe on the surface of Mars and operate it for a significant length of time.


Chinese scientists hope get at least 90 Martian days of service out of the six-wheeled robot at its location on Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere.

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