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China’s spacecraft captured unbelievable image from orbit of Mars dust storm

China's space agency is doing wonders!
  • China’s Tianwen-1 revealed the planet’s swirling dust storms from orbit
  • Tianwen-1 has been tirelessly orbiting Mars for 609 days
  • The image also shows the track marks left by the Zhurong Mars rover

 

Published on Apr 14, 2024 at 1:42PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 6:59PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja
Dust storm captured on Mars orbit by China spacecraft

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has astounded scientists with its remarkable image of Mars.

The image revealed the planet’s swirling dust storms from orbit.

The high-resolution picture, released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), offers an unprecedented view of Mars’ surface.

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Tianwen-1 has been tirelessly orbiting Mars for, capturing the incredible image on Mars from a distance of 277 million kilometers away from Earth.

The photograph showcases the track marks left by the Zhurong Mars rover, which has been diligently exploring the terrain for many Martian days.

Zhurong’s travels amount to more than 1700 meters across the red planet’s surface.

Despite encountering a layer of dust accumulation, Zhurong has continued its mission, thanks to specially designed solar panels that counteract the effects of dust coverage.

These solar panels ensure the rover’s energy supply remains sufficient for further exploration.

Tianwen-1’s observations have also revealed insights into Martian weather patterns, monitoring dust activities in the planet’s northern hemisphere.

Tianwen-1 is a groundbreaking interplanetary mission led by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

Comprising six spacecraft, including an orbiter, lander, and the Zhurong rover, Tianwen-1 packs 14 scientific instruments.

Moreover, its primary objectives include studying Martian surface geology, searching for signs of water, and characterizing the planet’s atmosphere.

Launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on July 23, 2020, Tianwen-1 entered Martian orbit on February 10, 2021.

On May 14, 2021, the Zhurong rover successfully reached Mars, marking China as the third nation to achieve a soft landing and establish communication from the Martian surface.

This historic mission underscores China’s growth in space exploration.

On its maiden attempt, China becomes the first nation to conduct an orbiting, landing, and rovering mission on Mars.

Tianwen-1 continues to explore the mysteries of the Martian landscape and increase its understanding of our neighboring planet.

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