The navigator in China’s remote control, which landed on Mars a week ago, traveled from the landing pad to Earth.
This makes China the second country after the US to operate a navigator there.
Jurong’s robot is supposed to explore the Earth’s surface rocks and atmosphere. It will also look for signs of life, including any groundwater or ice.
The Tianwen-1 mission in China, consisting of a runway, landing and rover, was launched in July last year.
Chief Mission Commander Zhang Yuehua said the Rover was designed to operate for 92 Earth days (or 90 days on Mars, known as “soles”, which are slightly longer than Earth days) and will share its data through orbit. .
China media caption landed its first spacecraft on Mars last week
“We hope we can get comprehensive coverage of Mars ‘topography, soil shape and environment, and radar research data locating Mars’ subsurface during one year of Mars,” she said.
“By doing so, our country will have many original data of its own on Mars resources.”
The solar-powered, 240kg (530kg) solar-powered robot – named after a Chinese mythological fire god – will explore Utopia Planetia in the northern hemisphere of Mars.
This colossal basin – more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles) wide – was probably formed by an impact at the beginning of Earth’s history. There is evidence to suggest that it held an ocean long ago.
Remote sensing by satellites indicates that there are significant reservoirs of ice at depth.
The US landed the much larger (ton) perseverance robot in February, and its migration mission is also just getting underway.