China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe delivers its first haunting look at the planet

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China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft sent back its first snapshot of Mars.


February is a busy month on Mars, with  closing in on the red planet. is one of them, pink and white backdrop it already has an eye on its new home in the solar system. The Chinese National Space Agency released on Friday.

CNSA described the image as “the first snapshot from the Chinese craft” in a statement, and said it was captured from about 1.4 million miles (2.2 million kilometers) away. The stark black and white photo shows Mars against the dark backdrop of space.

CNSA previously in September 2020 showing Tianwen-1 on its long flight.

The Chinese spacecraft has been making some corrections to its trajectory to bring it neatly into orbit on Feb. 10. The mission is made up of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. It will spend some time traveling around Mars before attempting the harrowing landing part of the mission.

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