The China National Space Administration (CNSA) shared four new photos of Mars and the Tianwen-1 spacecraft taken by a small camera device that flew free of the orbiting probe. The images are published on the space agency's official website.
The photos show the Tianwen-1 orbiter itself above Mars, a close-up of the orbiter, as well as the planet's northern ice caps. These images confirm that the orbiter and the Zhurong rover are operating normally and are in good condition.
China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China's Hainan province in the summer of 2020. In May 2021, it successfully landed on the surface of the Red Planet and released the Zhurong rover, making China the second country after the United States to reach Mars.
The mission's primary goal is to find possible traces of life on Mars and help scientists understand if conditions on the Red Planet may change in the future so that it becomes suitable for human life.