BEIJING (AFP) – China’s first spacecraft on Mars has sent a photo of the Earth and Moon as it travels to its destination, the country’s space agency said on Tuesday.
The image, which shows two celestial bodies as small crescents in the empty darkness of space, was taken 1.2 million kilometers (746,000 miles) from Earth three days after the Tianwen-1 mission was launched on Thursday. according to the National Space Administration of China. .
China joined the United States and the United Arab Emirates this month, launching a mission to Mars, taking advantage of a period when Mars and Earth are favorably reconciled.
The mission, named “Question to Heaven”;, aims to enter Mars orbit seven months after launch and launch a small rover to explore the planet’s surface.
This is the latest milestone in Beijing’s space program, which sent two months to the moon and created Beida’s satellite navigation for the United States’ GPS rivalry.
The National Space Administration said on Tuesday that Tianwen-1, which left the Earth’s gravitational field, “is currently in good flight conditions, has a balanced fuel and is operating normally.”
By Tuesday, the rover had traveled at least 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, the agency said – only 55 million kilometers, which it must travel before reaching Mars.