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Tech & Science Chinese space probe Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

19:40  05 february  2021
19:40  05 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La première image de Mars prise par la sonde spatiale chinoise Tianwen-1. © CNSA / Reuters The first image of Mars taken by Chinese space probe Tianwen-1.

The Chinese space probe Tianwen-1, which is heading towards Mars, sent its first photograph of the red planet this Friday, February 5. The craft, launched in late July from China, is expected on the outskirts of Mars around February 10.

This is a black and white image taken about 2.2 million kilometers from Mars by the Chinese space probe Tianwen-1 . This first photo received on Earth of the red planet appears to show a gaseous assembly and what resembles craters.

The photo shows Valles Marineris (canyons near the equator of the red planet), Schiaparelli (a large crater) and the Acidalia Planitia plain, says CNSA, the national space agency.

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We have visual! Here's a first image of Mars from Tianwen-1! Source: https://t.co/ATCp8U2qMu (CASC / CNSA) pic.twitter.com/e0ppKIzdYf

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Tianwen-1 is made up of three components: one orbiter (which will revolve around the star), a lander and a remote-controlled robot with wheels (responsible for analyzing the ground).

The unmanned wheeled robot, contained in the probe, is expected to be deployed to Mars in May. Weighing over 200 kilograms, it is equipped with four solar panels and is supposed to be operational for three months.

An ambitious mission

Among its missions: carrying out analyzes of the soil, the atmosphere, taking photos, or even helping to map the red planet.

Ambitious, China hopes to do during this first independent attempt to explore Mars almost everything the United States has achieved in several Martian missions since the 1960s. That is to say, place a probe in orbit, land a lander, then bring out a remote-controlled robot.

The mission is named Tianwen-1 (Questions to Heaven-1) in homage to an ancient Chinese poem that deals with astronomy.

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