The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has just uploaded a video captured by Tianwen-1’s sub-system camera for monitoring a solar array on the spacecraft as it entered the Red Planet’s orbit after a 6.5-month journey. Large caters can be seen on the planet’s surface, which fade from white to black through the video as the probe flies over the course of one Martian day. The cameras snapped photos once every three seconds and continuously photographed for approximately thirty minutes. Read more for the video and additional information.
Once it lands on Mars successfully, the lander would then release a rover, which will be powered by solar panels. It’s expected to probe the Martian surface with radar and to perform chemical analysis on the soil, while also looking for biomolecules and biosignatures. Its two wide-angle lenses on the deployable camera are programmed to one image per second and are transmitted back to Tianwen-1 via a wireless radio link, then downlinked back to teams in China.
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