China’s Rover  Zhurong Detected Polygons On Mars' Surface. 

By - James Smith

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

Zhurong is China’s first Mars rover and landed on the Red Planet on May 14, 2021 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The rover is named after the god of fire in Chinese mythology  

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

Zhurong is equipped with six scientific instruments, including a ground-penetrating radar system, a multispectral camera, and a magnetic field detector 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The rover is designed to operate for at least 90 Martian days (or sols), which is equivalent to about 93 Earth days 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The polygonal wedges detected by Zhurong are located some 35 feet below the surface of Mars and are likely formed by ice 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The polygons are similar to the “patterned ground” phenomenon found on Earth and could provide more evidence that Mars used to be home to abundant water and life . 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The rover has found a total of 16 such wedges in an area of about three-quarters of a square mile .

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The subterranean polygons are believed to be remnants of an ancient Martian glacier that has since disappeared. 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

The discovery of these polygons could help scientists better understand the history of Mars and its potential for harbouring life 

China’s Rover  Zhurong 

Zhurong’s mission is part of China’s ambitious space program, which aims to establish a crewed space station and eventually send humans to the Moon and Mars