China’s space probe sends the first image of Mars. China has already failed once in an attempt to land on Mars with a probe.
It still has more than two million kilometres to go, but the Chinese space probe Tianwen-1 is still transmitting the first image from Mars back to Earth. The probe is scheduled to land in May to then examine the Martian atmosphere and soil. So far, only one nation has succeeded.
A Chinese space probe sent the first image of the red planet to Earth on its way to Mars. The image released on Friday by the Chinese space agency CNSA shows a gaseous formation with several craters. The picture was taken around 2.2 million kilometres from Mars.
China started its first Mars mission “Tianwen-1” (Questions to Heaven) in July. An orbiter, a lander and a rover were launched into space with a launcher. The robot, which weighs around 200 kilograms, is to land on Mars in May and examine the Red Planet’s atmosphere and soil for approximately three more months, take pictures and map the surface.
China’s probe is expected to study Mars for around three months.
Mars missions have been around since the 1960s, but around half of them failed. So far, only the USA has succeeded in using rovers on the red planet. On July 30, the US space agency Nasa wants to send another, many rovers on its way. In 2011, China and Russia tried to send a probe to Mars. The mission failed, however, and Beijing decided to go it alone.
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So far, only the US has managed to deploy a rover on Mars. On July 30, the US space agency Nasa wants to send another, the massive vehicle of this type on its way. In 2011, China and Russia tried to send a probe to Mars. The mission failed, however, and Beijing decided to go it alone.