China releases first video of Mars captured by Tianwen-1 in orbit as the probe is expected to touch down on the Red Planet in three months
China today has shared the first video of Mars recorded by Tianwen-1 after the probe entered orbit, the latest step in Beig's ambitious space programme.
Incredible footage captures the Martian landscape and atmosphere out of a pitch black sky as the Chinese spacecraft flew past the Red Planet.
Launched last July around the same time as a rival US mission
Following a 500 million-km journey from Earth, Tianwen-1 entered orbit around Mars on Wednesday after being launched on July 23 aboard a Long March 5 Y-4 carrier rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan, China.
The five-ton spacecraft – which consists of an orbiter, lander and rover – is a step closer to Beig's ambitious space mission, which aims to establish a crewed space station by 2022 and eventually put a man on the moon.
For the three-month study of the planet's soil and atmosphere, the mission will take photos, chart maps and look for signs of past life.
TheFieryAngel, Utopia, United Kingdom
Interested to know how China and the UAE have stolen a march on NASA and why all three have suddenly decided that Mars...that dusty red landscape with nothing to see we are always told...is of such interest and worth spending multi-billions on...just seems rather strange to me.
English Patient, reading, United Kingdom
Still giving them foreign aid I see!
ajblack, Salford, United Kingdom
I don't trust anything that comes out of China..seems they can not tell the truth.
Eric100, Manchester, United Kingdom
How long before they pollute that planet?
Ant1306, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Time to remove aid as they can afford to do this
Kevin53, Preston, United Kingdom
How long before Mars has the pandemic.
Colin3579, Longfield, United Kingdom
How long before they claim it as part of China
Taff, Bergen, Norway
Now there'll be a good chance to catch Covid-19 on Mars.
Howmadisthis, Up North, United Kingdom
It's a fake photo. Can't believe anything from China.
Aetheling, london, United Kingdom
Spreading their virus throughout the sloar system, lol.
Grate Britain, stanfree, United Kingdom
And how much do we give to China in International aid.
Nayman, Charlotte, United States
It'll never make it fortunately. Nothing made in China lasts more than 3 months...
man on the hill, Chibougamau, Canada
If they can make a spaceship to Mars. Then how come they can't make a toaster or kettle that lasts more than six weeks?
Always Unimpressed, Poor Old England
I wonder how much UK universities contributed to this technology.....
ambuli, Chicago, United States
I like that blue atmosphere around Mars
johnwhatsmith, london, United Kingdom
hungerford, hungerford, United Kingdom
Not even Mars can escape Covid!
Crewie, Crewe, United Kingdom
That's it no chance of living on Mars now,the whole planet will be infected with Coronavirus
Avroe105, toronto, Canada
china would never lie or fake or photoshop images. lmao
Chris, Minehead, United Kingdom
Hope they dont crash into one of the Mars Rovers?.
Guide2, coastal, United Kingdom
They got a mobile covid on board?