China shares incredibly detailed photo of Mars as its Tianwen-1 spacecraft inches closer to landing on the Red Planet
China's uncrewed mission to Mars has sent back its first image of the Red Planet, the nation's space agency revealed today.
The mission launched on July 23, 2020 and it is expected the craft will land in May of this year, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The stunning black and white image was taken when Tianwen-1 was 1.4million miles (2.2million km) from the Martian surface and although it fails to capture the trademark rusty appearance of the world, it captures the world's unique terrain.
Since the image was taken the probe has edged even closer to our neighbouring planet, and is now around 114million miles (184million km) from Earth.
CNSA adds in its statement that all sy ems on the probe are in good condition.
The Tianwen-1 was launched in July from China's southern Hainan island atop a Long March-5 rocket and is expected to reach the orbit of Mars this month.
eod matt, Saigon, Vanuatu
We already have detailed pictures of the surface of Mars from NASA
Its-1984-again, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Did our overseas aid fund this?
Melvin, Jacksonlle, United States
Let me guess they will claim ownership of Mars as well.
Informed., Gods county, United Kingdom
This is the country we give foreign aid to.
Lockupcovidiots, Behind you, United Kingdom
That is a pretty poor image. NASA mapped the planet with a 3 meter resolution a decade ago.
ni.onest, peterborough, United Kingdom
We still send China AID money
ChinUpFolks, Woking, United Kingdom
First interplanetary case of Covid appearing soom.
Lamont Sanford, Los Angeles, United States
NASA knows china steals thats why they aren't on the iss
DubleG., Whitley BABY, United Kingdom
They still havent invented a colour camera
Cross90, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Instead of investing in this, pay back the western economy you have dest--yed! Made In China will be no more!
down2earth, Portland, United States
China stole this technology there's no way they could have done this without stealing our tech. No way.
mymatemarmite., Norfolk, United Kingdom
I hope its not carrying any Viruses!
Dailymale, London, United Kingdom
Were left behind in the dust by these super nations. Aint surprised given by the representative comments of us Brits .
John_Banks, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amazing what the UK's foreign aid budget supports
BRAAAAD PITS STOP, LONDON, United Kingdom
India has already got a Mars Orbiter which has taken some stunning color pics
CalConserv, Venice, United States
bringing the wuhan flu to mars no doubt