China publishes images captured by its Mars rover

China's space agency has released photos captured by the country's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which landed on the Red Planet last weekend. The images were taken by its rover Zhurong.

Tianwen-1 is the country's first probe that successfully landed on Mars.

China's National Space Administration published on Wednesday what it describes as Zhurong's first successful transmission of images from Mars to Earth.

The photos show rocks of different sizes scattered on the surface. Officials say the photos provide clear images of the surface and information about the planet's topography.

One photo shows the rover's antenna and solar panels, indicating that the rover is ready for further exploration. It will travel the surface of the planet to survey the terrain.

China will become the second country after the United States to successfully survey the surface of Mars.