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.

China’s Tianwen-1 Probe Successfully Landed on Mars
Tianwen-1 landed in the southern part of the Utopia Planitia in the northern hemisphere of Mars. It consists of an orbital module, a landing platform, and the Zhurong rover. The latter will soon begin to investigate the geology of the landing area.

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.