Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)

 

Caught on Camera!

Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) published on Saturday a set of images taken by a free-floating camera dispatched from the country’s Tianwen-1 Mars circling spacecraft, including the first full photo of the mission orbiter.

According to the CNSA, in-orbit photos were taken by a detachable sensor equipped with two wide-angle lenses on the outer wall of the probe, under control from Earth.

Also released – a sweeping panorama taken by China’s Zhurong Mars rover.

Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)

The Tianwen-1 orbiter was captured in orbit around Mars by a camera released from the orbiter.

Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)/Inside Outer Space screengrab

The on-the-surface panorama is composed from three images recently obtained by the Zhurong rover using the Navigation and Terrain Camera (NaTeCam).

The Tianwen-1 mission was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on July 23, 2020. The spacecraft entered Martian orbit in February 2021. In May 2021, after release of a lander from the orbiter, the Zhurong rover drove onto the Martian surface from its landing platform.

Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For video detailing the images, go to:

https://youtu.be/9imEHQNxb7o

https://youtu.be/e8x-9cCdFBk

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