‘Tianwen-1’ probe enters Mars parking orbit


BEIJING: China’s Tianwen-1 probe entered the parking orbit of Mars after performing an orbital manoeuvre, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

At 6.29am Beijing time yesterday, Tianwen-1 entered the parking orbit, with its closest point to the planet at 280km and the farthest point at 59,000km.

It will take Tianwen-1 about two Martian days to complete a circle (a Martian day is approximately 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth), the CNSA said.

Tianwen-1, including an orbiter, a lander and a rover, will run in the orbit for about three months.

CNSA said payloads on the orbiter will all be switched on for scientific exploration.

The cameras and spectrometer will carry out a detailed investigation on the topography and weather of the pre-selected landing area in preparation for a landing. — Xinhua

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