Locally developed Mars detectors begin probing


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Two Shanghai-produced detectors have begun probing the Martian surface on the rover and orbiter of China’s Tianwen-1 mission, a key task during the ongoing exploration of the red planet.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics developed an imaging spectrometer on board the Mars orbiter, along with a detector on the rover to determine the composition of rocks.

The detector was successfully activated on June 4, and data was transmitted back the next day, said Shu Rong, deputy director of the institute. It will continue analyzing rocks around the rover called Zhurong, named after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology.



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