CNSA behaves very differently from NASA. When NASA's Perseverance rover landed in February, space fans were quickly treated to the rover's first views of Mars. CNSA tends to play its cards closer to the vest.
While some space fans on social media have expressed concern about a lack of images from Zhurong, journalist Andrew Jones -- who covers China's space program for SpaceNews -- suggested on Twitter the delay may be due in part to the fact that this is China's first rover on the red planet.
There's no reason to fret about the health of the rover yet. Communications between Mars and Earth can be tricky and time-consuming. China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft is in orbit around the planet and will act as a relay for the rover.
While it would be nice to get photos more quickly, any images Zhurong sends back of its new home in the large plains area of Utopia Planitia will be worth the wait. In the meantime, you can enjoy the Tianwen-1 spacecraft's wider view of Mars.
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