China's Mars rover sends back data via orbiter for first time
Updated 22:46, 18-May-2021

China's Mars rover Zhurong sent back data via the orbiter of the Tianwen-1 probe for the first time, China's lunar exploration program posted on its official account on social media platform WeChat on Tuesday.

The orbiter has completed its fourth braking near Mars, entering the orbit for relay communication. The program said Zhurong has established data link with Tianwen-1's orbiter and successfully transmitted data to Earth through it for the first time on Monday. It takes 8.2 hours for the orbiter to circle around Mars. 

The orbiter is serving as a data relay station for communications between Zhurong and mission controllers on Earth.

Check out how Zhurong successfully landed on Mars:

Hi Mars! China's probe lands on Red Planet

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