China’s space probe Tianwen-1 will enter Mars orbit next month after traveling more than 400 million kilometers since its launch on July 23 last year.
According to the China National Space Administration, the probe has been in space for 163 days and is currently 8.3m away from Mars.
This flight marks the beginning of the country’s independent planetary research mission.
Lee Zhensai, the project’s deputy commander, explained that the investigation is moving faster and faster as it moves beyond the effects of helioentric gravity. “Currently the speed is basically stable at a speed of about 22 km compared to Earth.”
This means that about 1.8 km of checks are made every day. Are covered.
The spacecraft includes an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
It is expected to touchdown on Mars in May 2021, about three months after reaching the orbit of the Red Planet.
The distance between Mars and Earth varies from time to time, from 50 million kilometers closer to it and 400 million kilometers away.