No matter where you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going, it’s always nice to see home. And we all love to see images of our home planet, seen from space.
The latest image of the Earth’s system comes from the Chinese Mars mission, Tianwen-1, launched on July 23rd. It captured an image of the Earth and the Moon, viewed from around 1.2 million km from Earth, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
It combines a large group of photos taken with our “pale blue dot” from missions such as Voyager, Cassini, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and, of course, the Apollo missions to the Moon. You can see a gallery of Earth-Moon images seen from other worlds here.
Tianwen-1 used her optical navigation sensor to take this black and white photo, showing both the Earth and the crescent moon, “looking at each other in the vast universe,” said Xinhua News, the Chinese news agency.
This is CNSA’s first mission to Mars and joins two other missions to Mars launched this month, as Earth and Mars are aligned favorably for the fastest and cheapest journey (in terms of fuel costs) between the two planets.
The first interplanetary effort by the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates), the Hope Mars mission, also known as the Emirates Mars Mission, was launched on July 19 and NASA launched the Perseverance rover on July 30.
China’s ambitious mission consists of a lander, a rover and an orbiter. Tianwen means “Heavenly questions” or “Heavenly questions”.
The mission is aimed at studying the morphology and geological structure of the Red Planet, the characteristics of the soil and the distribution of ice of surface waters, the composition of surface materials, the atmospheric ionosphere and the surface climate and environment, as well as the field physical and internal structure of Mars, said Liu Tongjie, spokesman for China’s first mission to Mars and deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center.
The latest mission update said the spaceship was in good shape.
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