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Scott Manley's excellent new video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone is chock-full of space-sleuthing goodies and interesting information about the mission, its spacecraft, and some of its engineers.

Below is a screenshot of the Tianwen-1 lander. While the context is the speculation that post-landing remaining fuel was spent by actually firing thrusters on each side resulting in the dipolar bright spots seen from orbit, I noticed that next to the Chinese flag there are some cartoon-like characters.

Question: Who are these cartoon-like characters displayed on the side of the Tianwen-1 lander?


Screenshots (some cropped, sharpened and otherwise "enhanced" unscientifically) from the video:

Screenshots (some cropped, sharpened and otherwise "enhanced" unscientifically) from Scott Manley's video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs6FfBlgY Screenshots (some cropped, sharpened and otherwise "enhanced" unscientifically) from Scott Manley's video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs6FfBlgY

Screenshots (some cropped, sharpened and otherwise "enhanced" unscientifically) from Scott Manley's video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs6FfBlgY

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    $\begingroup$ Well, .. it's definitely not Winnie the Pooh $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Aug 26 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Fred well my first thought was about the Soviet Winnie the Pooh. That one seems to have even less resemblance of the Chinese president. $\endgroup$
    – Ruslan
    Aug 27 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Ruslan: Thanks! ;-) I never knew there was a Soviet Pooh Bear. Despite the lack of resemblance to the Chinese president I don't think the Soviet Winnie would be any more acceptable - guilt by name association. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Aug 28 at 3:17
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The cartoon characters are the mascots for the 2022 Winter Olympic games & the Winter Para Olympic games.

The panda figure on the left is for the Olympic Games and the red figure of the right is for the Para Olympic Games.

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  • $\begingroup$ Which leads to the question, why is a Mars lander sporting the image of the 2022 Winter Olympics mascots? Seems kind of obscure for an advertisement. $\endgroup$
    – Seth R
    Aug 26 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ @SethR: It could be another display of national pride. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Aug 26 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ @SethR Olympic references in space contained in space.stackexchange.com/q/54591 $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 27 at 3:46

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