The Chinese spacecraft heading to Mars sent an image of Earth


The first Chinese probe to Mars sent a picture of Earth and the moon en route to the Red Planet, according to the Chinese Space Agency.
The image shows the two planets in the shape of crescent moon in vast space, which was captured 1.2 million kilometers from Earth three days after the launch of the “Tianwin-1” mission.
The vehicle was launched Thursday from the Wenchang Center on Hainan Island in southern China.
It is expected to reach the orbit of Mars in February 2021. It will take seven months to travel the long distance between Earth and Mars and reach a minimum of 55 million km, or 1,400 times the cycle of the world.
China hopes to achieve in this first independent attempt what the United States has accomplished almost on several missions to Mars since the 1960s.
The “Taeonwen-1” mission (Questions to Heaven-1) carries a three-part vehicle: a probing probe that will orbit the Red Planet, a landing craft and a robot that is tasked with analyzing the soil of Mars.
China has experience in this field, but on the moon, it had previously sent to it the two jade rabbits 1 and 2 in 2013 and 2019, respectively.
However, the distance between Earth and Mars is 140 times longer than the distance between Earth and the Moon.
The Chinese space agency reassured that “the flight is taking place in good conditions so far.”


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