China’s Mars probe sends its first image to Earth

The National Space Administration of China (CNSA) released a photo taken by the satellite at a distance of 2.2 million kilometers from the Red Planet.

The satellite, launched by a rover reconnaissance vehicle in July 2020, has been traveling to Mars for 197 days.

The reconnaissance vehicle, which made the fourth orbital correction maneuver in its journey yesterday, is aimed to reach the Red Planet in May.

Mars reconnaissance mission “Tienvin-1”, consisting of satellite and rover robot, set out on 23 July.

The mission of “Tienv”, which means “to seek the truth in the heavens” in Chinese, takes its name from the lines of the Chinese poet Zhu Yuen, who lived in the 4th century BC.