The Chinese probe Tianwen-1 has sent its first first photographs taken on the surface of Mars. This was reported by the press service of the China National Space Administration.
The pictures show the landing platform and the ladder of the Zhu Rong rover – it is reported that the exit ramp mechanism is deployed normally.
Also, the Chinese probe sent footage from the orbiter’s surveillance camera – they captured the Tianwen-1 landing process.
- On July 23, 2020, the Tianwen-1 mission was launched from Earth.
- On February 10, 2021, the Chinese station made a 15-minute braking maneuver and entered the primary elliptical orbit of Mars. The PRC, following the UAE, entered a small club of countries that were able to send vehicles to an areocentric (Martian) orbit.
- The ultimate goal of the Tianwen-1 mission was to land the rover in the Utopia Plain in May or June.