(ORDO NEWS) — China’s Tianwen 1 probe has successfully entered Mars’ waiting orbit, the China Corporation for Space Science and Technology (CASC) said in a statement.
“On February 24, at 6.29 Beijing time (1.29 Moscow time – ed.), The first Chinese probe for exploration of Mars” Tianwen-1 “made the third deceleration and successfully entered the Martian waiting orbit,” the ministry said in a statement.
It is noted that the device will stay in the waiting orbit for about three months. The landing of the probe is scheduled for May-June.
The Tianwen 1 probe was launched on 23 July 2020 from the Wenchang Cosmodrome on Hainan Island.
The device has been in flight for 215 days, it has moved away from the Earth at a distance of about 212 million kilometers.
If the mission is successful, the device will send the received data to Earth this year. In April 2020, China announced that its first mission to explore Mars would be called Tianwen 1 (Questions to Heaven). “Tianwen” is a work of the great Chinese poet Cai Yuan.
The mission includes the exit and rotation in the orbit of Mars, landing and movement on the surface of the Red Planet. If the mission is successful, scientists will be able to study the atmosphere, topography, geological characteristics, features of the planet’s magnetic field, which will help to obtain a clue to the origin and evolution of Mars and the entire solar system.
In this case, the main goal of the mission is to find possible signs of life on Mars, as well as to help scientists understand whether conditions on this planet may change in the future so that it becomes suitable for human life.
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