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Hey Martian, Say Cheese | Chinese spacecraft clicks images of Red Planet

China's Tianwen-1 successfully reached the Red Planet in February 2021 on the country's inaugural mission there. A robotic rover has since been deployed on the surface as an orbiter surveyed the planet from space.

June 30, 2022 / 11:52 AM IST
Locating subsurface water is key to determining the planet's potential for life, as well as providing a permanent resource for any human exploration there. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Locating subsurface water is key to determining the planet's potential for life, as well as providing a permanent resource for any human exploration there. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
China's Tianwen-1 successfully reached the Red Planet in February 2021 on the country's inaugural mission there. A robotic rover has since been deployed on the surface as an orbiter surveyed the planet from space. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
China's Tianwen-1 successfully reached the Red Planet in February 2021 on the country's inaugural mission there. A robotic rover has since been deployed on the surface as an orbiter surveyed the planet from space. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Among the images taken from space were China's first photographs of the Martian south pole, where almost all of the planet's water resources are locked. In 2018, an orbiting probe operated by the European Space Agency had discovered water under the ice of the planet's south pole. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Among the images taken from space were China's first photographs of the Martian south pole, where almost all of the planet's water resources are locked. In 2018, an orbiting probe operated by the European Space Agency had discovered water under the ice of the planet's south pole. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Locating subsurface water is key to determining the planet's potential for life, as well as providing a permanent resource for any human exploration there. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Locating subsurface water is key to determining the planet's potential for life, as well as providing a permanent resource for any human exploration there. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Other Tianwen-1 images include photographs of the 4,000-kilometre (2,485-mile) long canyon Valles Marineris, and impact craters of highlands in the north of Mars known as Arabia Terra. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Other Tianwen-1 images include photographs of the 4,000-kilometre (2,485-mile) long canyon Valles Marineris, and impact craters of highlands in the north of Mars known as Arabia Terra. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Tianwen-1 also sent back high-resolution imagery of the edge of the vast Maunder crater, as well as a top-down view of the 18,000-metre (59,055-foot) Ascraeus Mons, a large shield volcano first detected by NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft more than five decades ago. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Tianwen-1 also sent back high-resolution imagery of the edge of the vast Maunder crater, as well as a top-down view of the 18,000-metre (59,055-foot) Ascraeus Mons, a large shield volcano first detected by NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft more than five decades ago. (Image: Twitter @CNSAWatcher)
Reuters
first published: Jun 30, 2022 11:52 am
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