EFEBeijing

A 360-degree panorama and a rover "selfie" are among color photographs taken on the surface of Mars released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday.

The panorama shows the surroundings of the landing zone – a flat, stony and red terrain – and was taken by the rover Zhurong (named after the fire god of ancient Chinese mythology) before leaving the landing platform.

"The nearby surface is relatively flat, with stones of different sizes distributed, with smooth edges, lighter colors, and semi-buried," detailed the CNSA.

"The image shows that the terrain near the landing site is flat, the Martian horizon can be seen in the distance, and the abundance and size of the rocks are consistent with expectations."