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China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 travels over 300 million kilometers

Source: | 2020-12-31 15:12:10| Author: China.org

China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 had traveled more than 300 million kilometers by the early morning of Nov. 17, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

Launched on July 23, as of Nov. 17 the probe had been in space for 116 days and was situated around 63.8 million kilometers from the Earth. Operating stably and with suitable power reserves, all of the probe's systems are reported to be in good condition.

Since takeoff, the probe has carried out three orbital corrections and a deep-space maneuver. In early November, several of the probe's subsystems completed the first in-orbit self-check and found no anomalies.

The spacecraft is expected to reach the Red Planet in February, 2021 and enter a low orbit around it in May, 2021. The lander and rover will then separate from the orbiter and land on Mars, at which point the rover will leave the landing platform to explore the planet.

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