Beijing (AFP) – The first Chinese spacecraft on Mars sent back a photograph of the Earth and the Moon as it heads toward its destination.
The image, which shows these two celestial bodies as little mowers in the empty darkness of space, was taken 1.2 million kilometers (746,000 miles) from Earth three days after the start of the Tianwen-1 mission on Thursday. .
China joined the United States and the United Arab Emirates this month and began a mission to Mars, taking advantage of a time when Mars and Earth are in good shape.
The goal of the “Questions to Heaven”; mission is to enter Martian orbit seven months after launch and release a small rover that studies the planet’s surface.
It is the last milestone in Beijing’s space program to send two rovers to the moon and set up Beidou satellite navigation to compete with United States GPS.
The National Space Administration said Tuesday that Tianwen-1, who left the Earth’s gravitational field, “is currently in good flight conditions, has balanced fuel and is operating normally.”
The agency traveled at least 1.5 million kilometers from Earth on Tuesday. The agency said only a fraction of the 55 million kilometers had to travel before it reached Mars.