Zhurong’s butterfly-shaped solar panels were designed to resist dust, but harsh sandstorms might have hindered the rover’s ability to generate power, according to one source. Photo: EPA-EFE
Zhurong’s butterfly-shaped solar panels were designed to resist dust, but harsh sandstorms might have hindered the rover’s ability to generate power, according to one source. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Chinese scientists scramble to wake Mars rover, plan to send probe to investigate, sources say

  • China still waiting for signal from Zhurong, which was supposed to power on after sleeping through red planet’s sandstorm season
  • Space authorities are expected to dispatch Tianwen-1 orbiter to check on the solar-powered robot, according to people familiar with the mission

Zhurong’s butterfly-shaped solar panels were designed to resist dust, but harsh sandstorms might have hindered the rover’s ability to generate power, according to one source. Photo: EPA-EFE
Zhurong’s butterfly-shaped solar panels were designed to resist dust, but harsh sandstorms might have hindered the rover’s ability to generate power, according to one source. Photo: EPA-EFE
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