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China’s Tianwen-1 enters Mars orbit

Beijing, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- China’s Tianwen-1 probe on Wednesday successfully entered Mars’ orbit after a seven-month journey from Earth.

The probe activated its braking system as it approached the Red Planet and it took 15 minutes for it to reduce its speed sufficiently ease into Mars’ gravitational pull, according to China’s National Space Administration.

Tianwen-1, launched from the Wenchang space center in Hainan, will enter into an elliptical orbit with a minimum altitude of 400 kilometers and a maximum of 180,000 kilometers.

It will take the interplanetary probe 10 days to complete one orbit of Mars.

It is the second spacecraft to enter Mars’ orbit this week following the United Arab Emirates Hope mission but is China’s first all-round mission with a probe capable of orbiting, landing and roving the planet.

It has traveled 475 million kilometers from Earth, the CNSA said, and made four orbital corrections during its journey.

It will now examine potential landing spots before a planned touchdown in May or June, the administration added.EFE-EPA

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