Beijing (HRNW) China’s Tianwen-1 probe on Monday performed an orbital manoeuvre around Mars, days after it successfully entered the orbit around the red planet capping a nearly seven-month voyage from Earth.
Ahead of China’s probe, the UAE’s Hope probe made it safely into the orbit of Mars on Tuesday. US space agency NASA will attempt to put another of its big rovers on the surface on the red planet on Thursday.
A 3000N engine Tianwen-1 probe was ignited at 5 pm (Beijing time) on Monday to ensure the probe’s trajectory passes the poles of Mars, China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.
The spacecraft will perform several more orbital adjustments to enter a parking orbit, said the CNSA.
The probe, including an orbiter, a lander and a rover, successfully entered the Mars orbit on February 10 after a nearly seven-month voyage from Earth.