Chinese mission Tianwen-1 sent first close-up image of Mars: photo

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The China National Space Administration has released the first clear black-and-white photograph of the surface of Mars from the Tianwen-1 mission. The press service of the department reports.

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The image was taken by an orbiter from a distance of 2.2 million km from Mars, the frame includes the dark Acidalian Plain and Plain of Chris, the Mariner Valley, a large impact crater Schiaparelli and the Meridiana Plateau.

On the evening of February 5, Tianwen-1 made the fourth correction of its trajectory, it left to fly 1.1 million km to Mars.

It is expected that on February 10, the spacecraft will enter Mars orbit and begin preparations for the landing of the rover in the Utopia Plain.

The rover landing is scheduled for late April-May 2021, and the orbiter will begin a scientific program in orbit.

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