Geomorphic contexts and science focus of the Zhurong landing site on Mars

  title={Geomorphic contexts and science focus of the Zhurong landing site on Mars},
  author={Jianjun Liu and Chunlai Li and Rongqiao Zhang and Wei Rao and Xiaofeng Cui and Yan Geng and Yang Jia and Hai Huang and Xin Ren and Wei Yan and Xingguo Zeng and Weibin Wen and Xing Wang and Xingye Gao and Qiang Fu and Yan Mei Zhu and Jihong Dong and Haitao Li and Xianzhong Wang and Wei Zuo and Yan Su and Deqing Kong and Hongbo Zhang},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
As part of the Tianwen-1 mission, the Zhurong rover successfully touched down in southern Utopia Planitia on 15 May 2021. On the basis of the new sub-metre-resolution images from the High Resolution Imaging Camera on board the Tianwen-1 orbiter, we determined that the Zhurong rover landed at 109.925° E, 25.066° N at an elevation of −4,099.4 m. The landing site is near the highland–lowland boundary 1 and multiple suspected shorelines 2 – 7 . Under the guidance of the remote sensing survey, the… 

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