China’s Tianwen-1 Captures Images of Entire Mars and Its South Pole

Chinese spacecraft captures images of the entire planet Mars

BEIJING (Reuters), June 29 — A Chinese unmanned spacecraft acquired imagery data for all of Mars including the south pole after circling it more than 1,300 time since January of last year, according to state media on Wednesday.

China’s Tianwen-1, the first mission to Mars by the country, successfully reached the Red Planet on February 20, 2021. Since then, a robotic rover was deployed on the surface while an orbiter surveyed planet from space.

China took its first images of the south pole of Mars, which is where the majority of the planet’s resources of water are located.