Chinese probe “Tianwen-1” successfully entered the orbit waiting for Mars, according to a report of the China Space Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
“Twenty-fourth February at 6.29 Beijing time (1.29 MSK – Ed.), the first Chinese probe to study Mars “Tianwen-1” made the third braking and successfully entered the Martian orbit waiting, “- said in the message office.
It is noted that the apparatus will stay in a waiting orbit for about three months. The landing of the probe is planned for May-June.
Probe “Tianwen-1” was launched on July 23, 2020, from the cosmodrome Wenchang on Hainan island.
The apparatus has been in flight for 215 days, it has distanced from the Earth at a distance of about 212 million kilometers.
If the mission is successful, the apparatus will send the data obtained to Earth as early as this year. In April 2020, China announced that its first mission to explore Mars will be called “Tianwen-1” (“Questions to the Sky”). “Tianwen” is a work by the great Chinese poet Cai Yuan.
The mission will include exit and orbit Mars, landing and moving across the surface of the Red Planet. If the mission is successful, scientists will be able to study the atmosphere, topography, geological characteristics, features of the planet’s magnetic field, which will help provide clues to the origin and evolution of Mars and the entire solar system.
At the same time, the main goal of the mission is to find possible signs of life on Mars, as well as to help scientists understand whether the conditions on this planet may change in the future so that it will be suitable for human life.