The space agency of China released 2 videos providing a close-up glimpse of Mars, captured as its Tianwen-1 probe entered the red planet’s orbit, saying the spacecraft was sending a Lunar New Year greeting to Earth.
As per the space agency said that, After a 6-1/2 month journey through space, the Tianwen-1 Mars Probe slowed to a speed at which it could be captured by the pull of Mars’ gravity and became the 2nd spacecraft to reach the planet this month, with a U.S. probe set to arrive and immediately attempt a landing next week.
Both clips, lasting just under a minute, were the first released by the China National Space Administration of the probe entering orbit.
The CNSA said that the Tianwen-1’s New Year blessings came through from far-away Mars,” the first day of the Lunar New Year.
The footage, shot from cameras attached to the uncrewed craft, shows it vibrating as its solar-powered thrusters are switched on to slow it down, with the spherical outline of Mars and even craters on the planet’s surface seen in the background as the probe hurtles past.
The CNSA added that “The solar panels, directional antenna, Martian atmosphere and surface topography are clearly visible,”.
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