Thursday, July 14, 2022

China's Tianwen-1 Mars Rover & Orbiter Mission Completed | CGTN

China's Tianwen-1 Mars Rover & Orbiter Mission Completed | CGTN

The orbiter and rover of China's Tianwen-1 Mars probe have accomplished their planned scientific exploration tasks, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on June 29, 2022. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft orbited Mars 1,344 times in the last 706 days, and transmitted back to Earth about 1,040 gigabytes of medium-resolution visual data of the entire Martian surface. China was the first country to successfully send an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars on its first attempt. China is only the second country after the United States to successfully land an operating spacecraft on Mars. 

Tianwen-1 was an interplanetary mission of the China National Space Administration (CNSA). China sent a robotic spacecraft to Mars, consisting of 6 spacecraft: an orbiter, two deployable cameras, lander, a remote camera, and the Zhurong rover. The spacecraft, with a total mass of nearly five tons, was one of the heaviest probes launched to Mars and carried 14 scientific instruments. It was the first in a series of planned missions undertaken by CNSA as part of China's Planetary Exploration program.

The mission's scientific objectives included: investigation of Martian surface geology and internal structure, search for indications of current and past presence of water, and characterization of the space environment and of the Martian atmosphere.

Tianwen-1 Mars Mission

Launch Date: July 23, 2020

Orbital Arrival: February 10, 2021 

Zhurong Rover Landing Date: May 14, 2021

Completion Date: June 29, 2022

Credit: China Global Television Network (CGTN)

Duration: 1 minute

Release Date: June 29, 2022

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