Chinese Mars rover Zhurong rolled out to the surface of Mars (photo)

The first Chinese rover on Mars, the six-wheeled Zhurong, rode to the surface of the Red Planet late Friday evening (May 21) to begin exploring its new home: the vast Martian plain of Utopia Planicia.

Jurong, who landed on Mars for a week earlier on May 14, it sailed to the surface of Mars from its landing platform at 10:40 pm ET Friday (10:40 am Saturday, May 22nd Beijing time). Over the next 90 days, it is expected to map the area, look for signs of water ice, monitor the weather and study the composition of the surface.

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