NASA released audio in March of the Perseverance Rover firing lasers on Mars. Space News reports that China now has audio of its Zhurong Rover arriving on Mars and setting up, and Space News also shares the audio. China also released photos of its Mars Rover, which are unexpectedly adorable as we saw in its very first selfie a few months ago.
As Zhurong rolls down its ramp, Zhurong makes a sound. But just so you aren't disappointed: You won't hear any pewpew pew noises.
Zhurong, a solar-powered robot powered by sunlight, first touched down on Mars in May. It was part of China's Tianwen-1 mission that reached Mars orbit in February. Zhurong started its Martian journey from Utopia Planitia where NASA's Viking 2 lander landed in 1976, after it had climbed above the planets surface with the Tianwen-1 orbiter. It is more than 1,000 miles from the Jezero Crater, where Perseverance, the US rover, touched down in February. However, it is unlikely that the two rovers will be able to stay together soon. NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012. NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted it climbing Mont Mercou last month.
Zhurong is nearly halfway through its 90-day mission. It was named after a Chinese god who is renowned for his firepower. It could, however, continue to travel the surface of Mars for many years like other rovers.