These images were taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars
A clip has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows images of Mars captured by Chinese rover Zhurong. The claim is false; the imagery was taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars.
The clip was posted here on Facebook on May 27, 2021. It has been viewed more than 1,000 times.
“Chinese Mars expedition, first coloured image of the Mars. China Zhurong Rover hits a milestone that took NASA decades,” the caption reads.
“China is the first Mars mission to carry out an orbiting, landing and rovering operation in its Maiden mission. Zhurong rover is well equipped to roam farther during its mission that the previous mission were unable to do so.”
The Chinese Zhurong rover began exploring the surface of Mars on May 22, 2021, a week after it landed, making China the second nation to land and operate a rover on the Red Planet, AFP reported here.
However, the claim is false.
The misleading post shows the logo of Chinese video-sharing platform Kuaishou.
Translated from Chinese to English, the clip’s caption reads: “Let’s take a look at the rocks on Mars, 400 million kilometres away from the Earth! #Kuaishousciencepopularisation #Mars rover”.
Further searches found this NASA picture from March 30, 2021, which shows similar features to those in the misleading video. The picture is titled: “Curiosity’s selfie With ‘Mont Mercou’”.
“NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used two different cameras to create this selfie in front of Mont Mercou, a rock outcrop that stands 20 feet (6 meters) tall,” the photo caption reads.
“The panorama is made up of 60 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the rover’s robotic arm on March 26, 2021, the 3,070th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. These were combined with 11 images taken by the Mastcam on the mast, or ‘head,’ of the rover on March 16, 2021, the 3,060th Martian day of the mission.”
Curiosity, which is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, is the largest rover ever sent to Mars, where it landed in August 2012.
Below is the screenshot comparison between scenes in the misleading clip (L) and the NASA picture (R):
Below is a screenshot of one of Zhurong’s photos on the CNSA website:
AFP has previously debunked a different video that was purportedly taken by NASA's Perseverance rover in February 2021, but was in fact captured by the Curiosity rover in 2019.