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China’s space probe sends back its first image of Mars – Times of India

BEIJING: China’s Tianwen-1 probe has despatched back its first image of Mars, the nationwide space company mentioned, because the mission prepares to the touch down on the Red Planet later this yr.
The spacecraft, launched in July across the similar time as a rival US mission, is predicted to enter Mars orbit round February 10.
The black-and-white picture launched late Friday by the China National Space Administration confirmed geological options together with the Schiaparelli crater and the Valles Marineris, an unlimited stretch of canyons on the Martian floor.
The picture was taken about 2.2 million kilometres (1.4 million miles) from Mars, based on CNSA, which mentioned the spacecraft was now 1.1 million kilometres from the planet.
The robotic craft ignited one of its engines to “make an orbital correction” Friday and was anticipated to decelerate earlier than being “captured by Martian gravity” round February 10, the company mentioned.
The 5-tonne Tianwen-1 features a Mars orbiter, a lander and a rover that can examine the planet’s soil.
China hopes to in the end land the rover in May in Utopia, a large impression basin on Mars.
After watching the United States and the Soviet Union cleared the path through the Cold War, China has poured billions of {dollars} into its army-led space programme.
It has made large strides up to now decade, sending a human into space in 2003.
The Asian powerhouse has laid the groundwork to assemble a space station by 2022 and achieve a everlasting foothold in Earth orbit.
But Mars has proved a difficult goal up to now, with most missions despatched by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and India to the planet since 1960 ending in failure.
Tianwen-1 isn’t China’s first try to succeed in Mars.
A earlier mission with Russia in 2011 ended prematurely because the launch failed.
China has already despatched two rovers to the Moon. With the second, China turned the first nation to make a profitable mushy touchdown on the far aspect.
All techniques on the Tianwen-1 probe are in “good condition,” CNSA mentioned Friday.

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