TECH CNSA: Tianwen-1 Mars mission achieves 'firsts' in China's aerospace history

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CNSA: Tianwen-1 Mars mission achieves 'firsts' in China's aerospace history

CGTN

14:43, June 12, 2021

Photo: China National Space Administration

China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission has achieved six "firsts" in the country's aerospace history, including acquiring first-hand scientific data from the red planet for the first time, China's National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Saturday.

The mission also carried out the country's first interplanetary flight and realized communication over a distance of 400 million kilometers.

Xu Hongliang, a spokesperson for the CNSA, said China's Mars mission not only left the first Chinese footprint on the planet, but also successfully carried out Mars orbiting, landing and rover exploration in a single mission.

Extensive international cooperation has also been carried out during the Tianwen-1 Mars mission, said Xu.

The CNSA has partnered with four other space agencies, namely the European Space Agency (ESA), France's National Center for Space Studies, Argentina National Space Activities Commission and Austrian Research Promotion Agency, in payload calibration and the mission's measurement and control.

It is currently working with the U.S. space agency NASA and the ESA to exchange orbital data for the safety of the orbiter which now serves as a relay communication satellite in the parking orbit.

Communication for cooperation on the mission's data application is also underway with space agencies from France, Austria and Russia.

"It is an international practice to carry out cooperation in lunar and deep space exploration," said Xu.

In the next stage, no matter for the lunar or asteroid exploration programs, as well as the recently announced International Scientific Lunar Station construction, "China will keep an open attitude and engage in extensive cooperation with its international counterparts, upholding the principle of wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits," added Xu.

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