The sounds were created by the metal on metal interaction of a rack and pinion system and recorded by Zhurong's climate station, which intends to capture sounds of Martian winds.

"With the files, we released this time, including those sounds recorded when our Mars rover left the lander, we are able to conduct in-depth analysis to the environment and condition of Mars, for example, the density of the atmosphere on the Mars," Liu Jizhong, deputy commander of China's first Mars exploration programme, told media.

NASA's Perseverance captured similar sounds of driving on Mars in March.

The 240-kilogram Zhurong rover successfully landed in Utopia Planitia on 14 May. The deployment took place late 21 May Eastern, following a week-long series of checks and analysis of the environment.

The six-wheeled, solar-powered Zhurong has since covered 236 meters on the Martian surface, the report said.

An undated panorama shows Zhurong and tracks leading back to the landing platform, along with surface and horizon features, it added.

Zhurong had earlier dropped a remote Wifi camera when still close to the landing platform.

The rover then returned to pose for a joint selfie with the lander. The new update this time featured footage of Zhurong's drive back to the landing platform and later making a turn.

The rover is part of the Tianwen-1 mission, China's first independent interplanetary mission. Consisting of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, Tianwen-1 launched in July 2020. It entered Mars orbit on February 10.

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