February is a busy month on Mars, with Tianwen-1's first view of Mars on Friday.closing in on the red planet. is one of them, and it already has an eye on its new home in the solar system. The Chinese National Space Agency released
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 previouslyin 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.
Joining Tianwen-1 in orbit will be United Arab Emirate's Hope probe. Reaching orbit is a big deal for all of them, though NASA will the focus on Feb. 18 when it attempts to land the Perseverance rover on the surface.and the
Tianwen-1's snapshot of Mars is dramatic not just for its view of the red planet, but for the hopes and goals it represents.