The Chinese rover Zhurong and its orbiting companion, the Tianwen-1 satellite, will go into a short hibernation shortly. That is, they will enter safe mode. While it is time to turn off the engines, Zhurong has sent a panoramic image of Mars of the place where he is (Utopia Planitia) to commemorate that It has been active on Mars for 100 days. But why is this Zhurong blackout necessary?
The reason that both the Chinese rover and its companion, the Tianwen-1 satellite, are going to be a little over a month without sending signals to our planet and without doing any type of work is due to the fact that the charged particles from the sun interfere with the mission’s communication with the Earth. The machines will be shut down in mid-September and they will not work normally again until the end of October, they indicate from Space.com. But once this setback passes, both the Chinese rover and the satellite should return to normal operation.
Zhurong’s new look on Mars
China is preparing the hibernation of Zhurong and Tianwen-1 on Mars. To do this, they have made a series of images that show where the Chinese rover is located, how it is located and if its components (the antenna and the solar panels) are OK. You can also see a dune mission researchers are keen to analyze with Zhurong; although they will probably have to wait for him to wake up in November.
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The Chinese rover Zhurong has traveled 1,064 meters since it reached the Martian surface in late May.
The Tianwen-1 orbiter passes over the Chinese rover once a day to transmit data to mission control to the Asian country. While Zhurong, powered by solar energy, has traveled 1,064 meters since it was deployed on the Martian surface on May 22. He had landed a week earlier and I had about 90 days of work ahead of me. However, as is often the case with these types of vehicles, Zhurong’s service life has been found to exceed that time and it is expected to have a long life. We will not know how long it will be in operation; But we do know some of the objectives that China has prepared to learn more about the dunes, the rock formations of Mars and even the possible presence of water on the planet’s surface long ago.
The Zhurong and Tainwen-1 blackout is momentary. Over time, China will turn its rover and satellite back on and continue to do more research on the surface of Mars.