BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
China’s Mars rover Zhurong has accomplished its exploration and detection tasks as planned, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Tuesday.
As of Aug. 15, 2021, Zhurong had worked on the surface of Mars for 90 Martian days, or about 92 days on Earth, with all scientific payloads having started to work on detection tasks, said the administration.
The CNSA added that the rover will continue to move to the boundary zone between the ancient sea and the ancient land in the southern part of Utopia Planitia, and will carry out additional tasks.
China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced on Tuesday that astronauts currently in China’s space station core module Tianhe will carry out extravehicular activities (EVAs) for a second time within the next few days.
The three Chinese astronauts have been working and living in orbit for two months. They were sent into space on board the Shenzhou-12 spaceship and entered Tianhe on June 17.
The astronauts are in good condition and the combination of the core module, the spaceship and the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft, is operating stably, the CMSA said.
China’s tracking vessel Yuanwang-6 departed on Tuesday from its home port in east China’s Jiangsu Province for a new round of monitoring missions in the Indian Ocean.
Yuanwang-6 will operate at sea for around 76 days in this round of maritime monitoring missions, covering more than 16,000 nautical miles during its voyage.
Before departure, the ship’s personnel completed vessel examination and maintenance, ensuring all systems and facilities aboard Yuanwang-6 were in good working order.