The Tianwen-1 (Questions to the Sky) space station took the first photograph of Mars from a distance of about 2.2 million km and successfully completed its fourth orbit correction. It is reported by the China National Space Administration.
“Tianwen-1″, located about 2.2 million kilometers from Mars, received its first frame,” – said in a message from the office.
The station has been in flight for 197 days and covered over 465 million km. The ministry said in a statement that it is now 1.1 million km from the planet’s surface.
According to the mission plan “Tianwen” should slow down and enter the Martian orbit. In May, the lander with a rover on board is to make a soft landing on Mars and begin exploring the planet.
China launched Tianwen-1 on July 23. The head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jim Bridenstine congratulated China on the launch.
The Perseverance rover was shipped by NASA on July 30, 2020. The Mars landing is scheduled for February 18 at Jezero Crater. Earlier in this place, using satellite data, the former delta of the river was discovered, which flowed into a large lake. Scientists believe that traces of life may have survived in the crater.