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Tianwen-1 Mars mission celebrates 1st anniversary with new images



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A collection of highlights from China’s first Mars mission, Tianwen-1, was released Friday by the China National Space Administration’s (CNSA) Moon Exploration and Space Program Center, reviewing the pioneering journey of the 1st Mars probe. anniversary of its launch.

New images of wind-induced dunes were transmitted back to the control center by the rover this week.

The Tianwen-1 mission was confirmed in January 2016 and has conducted deep space maneuvers and explorations on the red planet following the probe launched on July 23, 2020.

On February 10, Tianwen-1 successfully entered orbit of the red planet after an important braking system was activated to slow the spacecraft’s speed, allowing Mars to be captured by gravity, making it China’s first Mars satellite. It traveled 475 million kilometers in 202 days.

On May 15, Tianwen-1 landed on the red planet at a preselected landing site in the southern part of the planet’s icy region known as Utopia Planitia.

Landscape of Mars taken by the rover Zhurong. /CNSA

Landscape of Mars taken by the rover Zhurong. /CNSA

Since then, Zhurong has detected and explored the Martian surface, posting pictures of his terrain and some selfies.

On June 11, the CNSA held a ceremony to commemorate the “full” success of China’s first Mars mission.

As of July 23, Zhurong has worked 68 Martian days and has traveled a total of 585 meters. Its orbit has been running for a year, about 378 million kilometers from Earth.


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