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Stolen American technology at its finest!
 

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Yeppers.

First they takeover & militarize Luna, then Mars.
 

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China! Tianwen-1 sends back the first image of Mars




China’s Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first picture of Mars, the Chinese space agency has said, as the mission prepares to touch down later this year.

The spacecraft, launched in July around the same time as a US mission, is expected to enter Mars orbit around 10 February.

The photo released by the China National Space Administration shows geological features including the Schiaparelli crater and the Valles Marineris, a vast stretch of canyons on the Martian surface.

The photo was taken from about 1.4m miles away (2.2m kilometres), said the CNSA, with the spacecraft since reaching 1.1 million kilometres from the planet.

The robotic craft ignited one of its engines to make an orbital correction on Friday and was expected to slow down before being captured by Martian gravity around 10 February, the agency said.

The five-tonne Tianwen-1 includes a Mars orbiter, lander, and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.

China hopes to land the rover in May in Utopia, a massive impact basin.

China has poured billions of dollars into its military-led space programme and first sent a human into space in 2003. It is aiming to assemble a space station in Earth orbit by 2022.

Mars has always been challenging target, with most missions sent by the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and India since 1960 ending in failure.

Tianwen-1 is not China’s first attempt to reach Mars. A previous mission with Russia in 2011 ended prematurely as the launch failed.

China has sent two rovers to the moon – one of them becoming the first to make a successful soft landing on the far side.

(The Guardian UK)
 

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A big week for Mars!

Former Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield (of that great "Space Oddity" cover) is keeping an eye on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) probe, which is on approach:




And coming up on February 18th, NASA's "Perserverance" mission will attempt to land on Mars.

From the mission page, you can add your name to future Mars missions:



I did this for my son - we'll be watching live on the 18th to see if he "makes it" to the surface ;)
 

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And coming up on February 18th, NASA's "Perserverance" mission will attempt to land on Mars.

From the mission page, you can add your name to future Mars missions:

I did this for my son - we'll be watching live on the 18th to see if he "makes it" to the surface ;)
If anything goes wrong, tell him to grab the wheel and do his best!
 

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Very cool - video from two surveillance cameras (of the directional antenna and the solar panels) on China's Tianwen-1 Mars Probe as it enters orbit:

 

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Live coverage of NASA's "Perseverence" lander as it burns its way through the thin martian atmosphere, tosses off a few balloons, fires some retro-rockets and finally gets lowered by a sky-crane yeah! to the ground starts at 2:30pm EST (3:30pm Atlantic)

NASA TV

 

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Oookay - so there's a "pre-show" that runs about 90 minutes. So actual landing should begin around... 3:45 EST / 4:45 Atlantic.

Meanwhile....


(The Oatmeal)
 

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Perseverence has landed safely!

First image from the low-res Engineering / Hazard camera:

 

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Just read this in the Washington Post -- "
NASA rover Perseverance touches down on Mars in search for signs of past life
The spacecraft deposited the rover in Jezero Crater in a complex sequence that employed artificial intelligence to avoid surface hazards. Perseverance, launched from Earth in July, will gather samples of Martian soil and rocks that could be returned to Earth for study."
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Man, there are so many spacecraft around and on Mars right now -it's rather thrilling!

And the fact that there's a wickedly useful orbiter up there watching things happen, means we can get photos like this:



That picture - by the University of Arizonas' HiRise camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - captures the SkyCrane & Perseverance Rover bundle (lower bright spot) hanging below the parachute as it heads for Jerezo Crater. (Twitter)
 

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Oh, wait, you thought ^^^ that ^^^ was cool?

How about a downward-facing photo from the skycrane as it lowers Perseverance to the Martian surface? On the periphery you can see the dust stirred up by the crane's rocket exhaust:



(NASA / JPL via The Verge)
 

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Jeez... it just keeps getting better... now a full video of the descent, captured from cameras onboard the SkyCrane!



AND how about this cute addition to the Perseverance Rover:

 

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Watched these on a big tv. Incredible. The images are so clear. Will really enjoy the images coming!

waiting for the predictions of China’s takeover ;) won’t hold my breath.
 

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And now China, which is rapidly gaining experiencing and racking up achievements in space, has landed a rover on Mars!

 
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