China’s Mars rover “Ten Tian-1” has been in a moored orbit for nearly two months, preparing for the landing of the Mars rover in May.
However, it doesn’t just sit there and rotate around the antenna. The probe is investigating the planets, making them orbit closer, checking out the rover landing sites chosen by the mission-and sending us some amazing images of dusty planet friends.
On March 16 and March 18, the spacecraft was viewed from a distance with a medium-resolution crescent-shaped Mars camera. The sun was behind it and two panoramic photos were taken at a distance of approximately 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles).
From that distance you can see the surface features of the Martian surface, the different colors, and the hazy outline-the thin and dusty atmosphere of the planet envelops it like a delicate shell.
Mars is the most visited planet in the solar system, but we still don’t know much about it. There are currently 8 orbiters in operation (including the Astronomy One and the UAE’s Hope Orbiter, which also arrived in February this year), as well as two mobile stations and a lander. New discoveries are being discovered all the time.
Astro One carries a lander and a Mars rover, which will land on a Utopian planet in the Utopian Influence Basin of Mars’ Northern Hemisphere. This is a large lava plain, under which a large amount of ice is found. Scientists believe that Mars used to be the home of the ocean before it lost its liquid surface water.
The China National Space Administration believes that exploring this area may provide some important clues that may help us integrate the mysterious history of the earth.
According to a speech by Wang Zhi of the Chinese Academy of Sciences during the 2021 Space Science Week, the landing date has not yet been determined, but it is scheduled for mid-May.
Once the rover falls, the orbiter will continue to revolve around the planet, conduct its own observations, and act as a communication relay station between the Earth and Mars.
Hope that in the next few years, we will see more similar pictures.