Rover, named Zhurong, posted information on the properties of sediments and minerals in the southern part of the vast Utopia Planitia plateau in the northern hemisphere of Mars.
According to studies by the China National Space Science Center, “hydrated minerals that could be exploited on future manned Mars flights“.
A study published in Science Advances reveals the existence of liquid water in the Amazon Age – during the last geological era on Mars – in a large basin, and adds other evidence to suggest that the existence of such a substance would be “lasted much longer than previously thought“.
It is possible that this site stores water in the form of hydrated minerals and surface residue, the study pointed out.
As early as March, China had released other studies showing that the area to which the Zhurong spacecraft landed in May 2021 may have been corroded by wind or water in the past.
The “Rover” is part of the Tianwen-1 mission, which also consists of an orbiting spacecraft and a lander.
Tianwen-1 is China’s first expedition to Mars, and its goal is to find more evidence of the existence of water or ice on this planet, as well as to do research on the material composition of the surface or the properties of the climate.