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Tianwen-1 : Successfully Entered Orbit Around Mars


A Chinese spacecraft named Tianwen-1 has successfully entered orbit around Mars on February 10, 2021.

  • The probe entered the MARS Orbit after making the journey of 6 and a half months from the Earth.
  • This mission is China’s first independent mission on the red planet.
  • After reaching near the orbit, the robotic probe initiated and completed its 15-minute burn of the thrusters.
  • The burning of the thrusters slowed down the speed of the spacecraft so that it could be captured by the gravity pull of the MARS.

The objective of the mission

  • Tianwen-1 mission will attempt to send a landing capsule that is carrying a 240-kilogram rover in a rapid seven-minute descent.
  • The rover will be sent to the northern hemisphere of Mars called Utopia Planitia.
  • After the rover is landed successfully, the solar-powered rover will be exploring the Martian surface for 90 days.
  • The rover will study the soil and study if any signs of ancient life, is present there.
  • It would also trace the sub-surface water and ice using the ground-penetrating radar.