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China probe to Mars has travelled 155 million kilometres

Tianwan-1, China's probe to Mars, has traveled 155 million km to date en route to the Red Planet, Zhang Zhunqiao, the mission's chief engineer-designer, reported Radio China.
By 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the probe was in stable condition at a distance of more than 18 million km from Earth, Zhang said at the China Space Conference taking place in Fuzhou city, Fujien province. The apparatus took successful photographs of the Earth and the Moon, as well as carried out its first intermediate orbital correction, the expert added.

Tianwan-1 was launched on July 23. This is the first independent Chinese exploration mission. The probe is expected to reach the planet around February 2021 and land on its surface in May of that year.

Reaching Mars's gravitational field and landing on the planet's surface are the two most severe tasks that hide any potential risks,” Zhang said.

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