- Press Release
- Mar 21, 2023
China’s Zhurong Mars Rover Has Not Moved Since 8 September 2022
The Chinese Zhurong rover has been on Mars since May 2021, and HiRISE has imaged the region of Mars several times to monitor the surface for changes.
HiRISE is often used to observe changes to dust-covered areas near Mars surface missions. The blast zones around landings or tracks left by rovers can help scientists infer what the properties of surface materials are like.
This cutout is from three images acquired in 2022 and 2023. The rover is the dark and relatively bluish feature visible in the upper middle of the first (left) image and lower middle of the other two images. This time series shows that the rover has not changed its position between 8 September 2022 and 7 February 2023.
date: 7 February 2023
altitude: 286 km