Beijing (AFP). On Tuesday, the country’s space agency announced that China’s first Mars probe pointed back at a picture of the Earth and the Moon.
The image, which depicts two celestial bodies as small crescents in empty space darkness, was taken 1.2 million kilometers (746,000 miles) from Earth three days after the Tianwen-1 mission began on Thursday, China’s national space administration said. .
This month, China joined the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates on a mission to Mars, taking advantage of a period when Mars and Earth are favorably reconciled.
The mission, titled “Questions to Heaven,”; aims to enter orbit on Mars seven months after launch and release a small rover to explore the planet’s surface.
This is the latest phase of the Beijing space program, in which two routes have been sent to the Moon and Beidou satellite navigation has been set up to compete with US GPS.
The National Space Administration said on Tuesday that the Tianwen-1, having left the Earth’s gravitational field, “is currently in proper flight conditions, has a balanced fuel supply and is operating normally.”
The agency said he had traveled at least 1.5 million kilometers from Earth by Tuesday – only 55 million kilometers he had to cover before he could reach Mars.