China’s space probe has returned its first image of Mars

China’s space probe has returned its first image of Mars

BEIJING: China’s Tiananmen-1 probe has returned its first image of Mars, with the National Space Agency saying the mission is ready to touch the Red Planet later this year.
The spacecraft, which is expected to launch as a rival US mission at the same time in July, is expected to enter Mars orbit on February 10.
A black-and-white photo released late Friday by China’s National Space Administration shows geological features, including the Shapralli Crater and Wells Marineris, which stretch across vast valleys on the surface of Mars.
According to the CNSA, the image was taken about 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Mars, according to which the spacecraft was now 1.1 million kilometers away from the planet.
The agency said the robotics maker ignited one of its engines for “orbital correction” on Friday and is expected to slow down before being caught by “Martin Gravity” around February 10. Will
The five-ton Tian Van-1 includes an orbit of Mars, a lander and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.
China hopes to finally land a rover in Utopia in May, a major impact basin on Mars.
After seeing the leadership of the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, China has invested billions of dollars in its military-led space program.
It has made great strides in the last decade, sending a man into space in 2003.
The Asian Powerhouse has laid the groundwork for assembling a space station and establishing a permanent foothold in Earth orbit by 2022.
But Mars has so far proved a difficult target, with most missions sent to the planet by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and India since 1960, which ended in failure.
Tiananmen-1 is not China’s first attempt to reach Mars.
The previous mission with Russia ended prematurely in 2011 because the launch failed.
China has already sent two rovers Moon. At the same time, China became the first country to make a successful soft landing on the initiative.
The CNSA said Friday that all Tiananmen-1 probe systems are in “better condition”.

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