China’s Tianwen-1 probe on Wednesday entered the parking orbit of Mars after performing an orbital maneuver, based on the China Nationwide Area Administration.
At 6:29am (Beijing Time), Tianwen-1 entered the parking orbit, with its closest level to the planet at 280 km and the farthest level at 59,000 km. It can take Tianwen-1 about two Martian days to finish a circle (a Martian day is roughly 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth), the CNSA stated.
Tianwen-1, together with an orbiter, a lander and a rover, will run within the orbit for about three months.
The CNSA added that payloads on the orbiter will all be switched on for scientific exploration. The medium-resolution digital camera, high-resolution digital camera and spectrometer will perform an in depth investigation on the topography and dusty climate of the pre-selected touchdown space in preparation for a touchdown.
On July 23, 2020, Tianwen-1 was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Website in southern China’s island province of Hainan.
The probe has been touring in house for 215 days and is presently about 212 million km from Earth. It entered the orbit round Mars on February 10 and carried out two orbital changes on February 15 and February 20.