China’s Mars Rover Zhurong
Why is it in News?
- China’s first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god.
- The rover is aboard the Tianwen-1 probe that arrived in Mars orbit on February 24 and is due to land in May.
- It will look for evidence of life.
- As per Chinese sources, the name “signifies igniting the flame of China’s planetary exploration.”
(1) Analyzing and mapping the Martian surface and geology
(2) Looking for water ice
(3) Studying the climate and surface environment
- China would become the third country after the former Soviet Union and the United States to put a robot rover on Mars.