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Zhurong Lander/Rover, Surface Operations at Utopia Planitia
Huguet
post Oct 15 2021, 12:45 PM
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Appears to me that we have a collapsed wall on the Mud Field, more than one in really... Zhurong could drive inside them, i really can't distinguish beetween impact crater and Mud Pit...

Going a little further (mabe to much further), it apears to me to be not only a ancient lake.. but a ancient absorb region for the surrounding ocean.. that would explain the excess off Mud pit into it....

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post Oct 15 2021, 08:24 PM
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And not only that field of mud volcanos, but also outflow (drainage) areas to the north and south. And the weathered clays in the channels could possibly suggest the water quality of those mud volcanos.
In addition to having ground-penerating radar to examine the subsurface around the vents.


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post Oct 15 2021, 11:01 PM
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QUOTE (Huguet @ Oct 12 2021, 03:41 AM) *
https://share.api.weibo.cn/share/255422038.html
https://mobile.twitter.com/CNSAWatcher/stat...840619913678850
[Zhurong Mars Rover faces east during solar transit phase as a trick] Jia Yang, deputy chief designer in CASC, said due to the high temperature of Mars at noon, researchers let the rover face east, so that the rover's mast can block part of the sunshine.

This makes sense. In the center of the Rover top you see a dark glassy area. This is not a solar cell array, but a solar heat collector. It contains a chemical compound that the heat of the sunlight melts and at night it recrystallizes and releases heat to the interior. Solar power at it's finest.
They have discovered that under Mars conditions the heat collector overheats, and they are positioning it so the mast blocks some insolation.

Well-known phenomenon. "Rochelle Salt" was used by early experimenters.

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post Oct 22 2021, 11:53 AM
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Zhurong resumes operatiion... GoGoGo for the Mud pit site!....

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/vI-pTDCKkSJfU_P2mZLjNw


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