China Mars mission evidence for ancient

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released new data from its Mars orbiter Tianwen 1 and rover Zhurong.

Tianwen 1 and Zhurong, along with a lander, were launched on July 23, 2020, and reached Martian orbit on February 10, 2021

The rover and lander landed on Mars three months later, on May 14, and the rover has travelled 6,302 feet so far (1,921 meters).

According to CGTN, CNSA has stated that the orbiter and rover have returned 1,480 terabytes of raw data.

Some of these evidence points to the existence of an old ocean in the Utopia Planitia, the large Martian plain that Zhurong is researching.

Scientists investigating the data identified the presence of hydrated minerals in the "duricrust."

a hard mineral layer that forms on top of soil as a result of groundwater evaporation

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