BEIJING (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 24th April, 2021) China has officially named the country's first Mars rover Zhurong after the god of fire and war in Chinese mythology, China National Space Administration said on Saturday.
"On Saturday, a ceremony marking the opening of the Space Day of China took place in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, during which the name of the first Chinese Mars rover was announced. It was chosen based on the results of an international selection campaign, expert assessment and online voting. The rover was named Zhurong," the statement said, adding that the name symbolized China's intention "to light the fire of space research."
In February, China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 successfully entered Mars' parking orbit. The mission launched in July 2020 includes an orbiter and the rover, which will conduct exploratory works on the planet's surface upon landing. If everything goes as planned, the first findings will be reported back to Earth within 2021. Scientists are planning to study the atmosphere, relief, geological characteristics and features of the red planet's magnetic field, which will help scientists get a clue about the origin and evolution of Mars, and the entire solar system.