To rejoice the Lunar New 12 months, which is February 1, the China Nationwide Area Administration launched a video of the Tianwen-1 Mars probe in orbit above Mars.
The video reveals that the orbiter’s 3000N engine, propellant tank, perspective management engine and different elements stay in wonderful situation because the probe works on its mission. The Tianwen-1 orbiter was launched on July 23, 2020, and has been in orbit round Mars for 557 days.
China’s Mars probe Tianwen-1 prolonged competition greetings to the Chinese language folks with beautiful video footage captured by a digicam on its orbiter to snap selfies above the pink planet on Monday, the eve of the Chinese language Lunar New 12 months https://t.co/6lCYTk7zEf pic.twitter.com/GfSe3tBZEJ
— China Xinhua Information (@XHNews) January 31, 2022
If you happen to’ve been following our common protection of the Tianwen-1 Mars Mission, you will know that China did not ship only a probe into house. The CNSA additionally deployed the Zhurong rover. On June 14, 2021, the rover despatched again its first photographs from Mars, together with a selfie. Shortly after the unique selfie, Zhurong despatched again a video.
In whole, the Tianwen-1 mission has despatched 600GB of scientific knowledge again to Earth, per the CNSA. The Tianwen-1 mission’s aims embody investigating the floor geology on Mars, looking for indications of previous or current sources of water and studying extra in regards to the total setting and environment of the pink planet.
|One of many first photographs the CNSA launched from the Tianwen-1 mission final 12 months.|
Whereas the CNSA is comparatively tight-lipped with its house exploration missions – the CNSA Twitter account final posted in Could, for instance – we now have been handled to some nice pictures of Mars prior to now 12 months. The first photographs final March present unbelievable element of the Martian floor. And only a few weeks in the past, the CNSA revealed 4 new pictures of Mars from the Tianwen-1 mission.
Between China’s Zhurong rover and the 2 NASA rovers, Curiosity and Perseverance, at present working on Mars, there’s purpose to be excited and hope that we’ll quickly be taught much more about Mars and its historical past.