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China probe to Mars carried out its third orbital correction

China's Tienuon-1 probe bound for Mars carried out its third orbital correction Wednesday night, the State Space Administration said, as cited by Radio China.
The probe carried out the correction at around 10am Beijing time with its 25N engines running simultaneously. Engine functions were also tested during the operation.

Orbital correction aims to fine-tune the trajectory and movements in deep space, ensuring the probe's normal reach to the Red Planet.

The apparatus was launched on July 23, performed its first adjustment in orbit on August 2 and the second on September 20.

The probe is now 97th day in orbit, travelled 256 million kilometers and is located about 44 million kilometers from Earth. All systems of the apparatus are in good condition, the administration also reported. It is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.


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