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The European Mars rover transmits data from the Chinese spacecraft to Earth

The European Mars rover transmits data from the Chinese spacecraft to Earth

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express has collected data from the Chinese Zhurong Mars rover and successfully sent it back to Earth after a series of experimental communications tests.

The Zhurong rover is only designed to communicate with its companion orbiter, Theonian 1; However, the probe has outlived its planned mission and the probe is no longer able to perform the same amount of data transfer. So China and Europe decided to try an experiment: send data from Zhurong to Mars Express to ground. This is difficult, because the bots’ communications equipment is mismatched. Zhurong can transmit at a frequency that Mars Express can detect, but not the other way around, so Zhurong sends data without hearing a response from the orbiter.