back to article China's Zhurong rover may be dead: NASA images show no sign of life

China National Space Administration's Zhurong rover remains uncertain as the latest images captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released on Tuesday show the vehicle hasn't moved in months. Under China's first interplanetary mission, Tianwen-1, Zhurong was launched in July 2020 and landed on Mars in May 2021. Zhurong …

  1. that one in the corner Silver badge

    Still going strong, just going down

    All we see now is the shell left on the surface to collect solar power, the rest is tunnelling its way towards the American probes. We've seen the documentary: Battle Beneath The Earth

    All NASA's fault: they started the Robots With Lasers On Mars race.

  2. Michael Hoffmann Silver badge

    They can't even admit that?

    What, Winnie the Pooh would lose face when their precious probe went through something every other one eventually succumbs to? Where scientists and engineers from every other nation that managed the feat would pat them on the shoulder, go "well done, good run, we've all been there, maybe XKCD will pick it up". China is starting to make North Korea look chatty.

    1. Peter2 Silver badge

      Re: They can't even admit that?

      It's pretty much the same over here; management talk about successes but don't release bad news. Or on the rare occasion that they do it'll be done in small print 900 pages into a document so boring than even an AI would give up reading it, released on a day when everybody else is paying attention to a large news story.

  3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    Next stage

    May be the Tianwen-1 mission has proceeded to a new stage where Zhurong has completed it's work by launching a Balloon

  4. dunbankin

    Elementary design fault...

    It should have been equipped with a giant steerable robotic feather duster...

  5. Kurgan

    They bought batteries on Aliexpress

    Maybe they bought their 500.000 mAh batteries on for just 10 dollars. And their 5.000 W solar panels, too.

  6. cioldarai

    A new record?

    Chinese tech lasted more than a year!

  7. Winkypop Silver badge

    Not stuck

    If you look closely, there’s a guy standing in front of it.

    1. Sceptic Tank Silver badge

      Re: Not stuck

      Which side is the front?

  8. Sceptic Tank Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Don't be fearing. Elon Musk is on his way.

    Maybe the rover got trampled; there seems to be a giant footprint in the sand, in the upper-left side of the image. Whoever made those footprints probably tried to cover their tracks to avoid liability for damage to property. They probably don't have insurance.

  9. imanidiot Silver badge

    It's dead, Jim

    Still some engineering work to do to improve, but getting a rover to Mars and having it trundle around for even a single season is an achievement!

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