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China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission wins global build award

A 'selfie' taken by China's Zhurong Mars rover during the Tianwen-1 mission.

A ‘selfie’ taken by China’s Zhurong Mars rover throughout the Tianwen-1 mission.(Image credit: China News Provider)

China’s Tianwen 1 Mars mission has been awarded one in all the spaceflight world’s most prestigious awards.

The Tianwen 1 spacecraft lifted off from Wenchang spaceport on July 23, 2020 and entered Mars orbit in February 2021. The mission’s solar-powered Zhurong rover then successfully landed within the Pink Planet’s Utopia Planitia homely in Would possibly maybe well furthermore merely that year.

The mission conducted a historic first-ever mixed orbiting, landing and roving in a single open, earning the mission the Global Astronautical Federation’s annual build fulfillment award on Sunday (Sept. 18) throughout the 73rd Global Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris.

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Global Astronautical Federation (IAF) President Pascale Ehrenfreund presented the team within the relief of the attain of the spacecraft at a highlight lecture at this year’s IAC. 

Jilian Wang, vp at the China Academy of Field Technology (CAST) that developed the spacecraft, presented an outline of the mission and outlined a pair of of the main scientific achievements to this level in a highlight lecture, at the side of a global mapping of the Pink Planet and a returning data offering proof for an veteran Martian ocean.

Wang also illustrious visual highlights from the mission, at the side of Mars orbit selfies and orbital insertion movies.

Tianwen 1 is continuing its prolonged science missions in Mars orbit, nonetheless down on the surface the Zhurong rover is at picture hibernating to verify out the frigid climate in Mars’s northern hemisphere. 

The 530-pound (240 kilograms) solar-powered rover is at picture anticipated to wake up and resume actions in December or January, when extra solar vitality reaches Mars, a mission team member acknowledged throughout a demand and solution session.

China can also be taking a notion to spend up its Mars success with an ambitious mission to win samples from Mars and produce them to Earth. The mission is called Tianwen 3 and could perhaps merely hang a pair of Long March 5 launches — China’s finest rocket — spherical 2028 to ship landing and orbiter spacecraft to the Pink Planet. 

Earlier than this, the country objectives to behavior its first asteroid pattern-return mission with Tianwen 2, launching spherical 2025.

The missions are also inclined to be open to global cooperation. “We desire to accomplice with extra build companies, build companies, universities and all forms of various entities,” Wang acknowledged. “As continuously, global companions are welcome to affix us.”

Japan’s Hayabusa2 team asteroid pattern return mission acquired the award in 2021. China previously acquired (opens in novel tab) the IAF award in 2020 for the Chang’e 4 landing on the far facet of the moon.

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Andrew is a freelance build journalist with a spotlight on reporting on China’s mercurial rising build sector. He started writing for in 2019 and writes for SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, Nationwide Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Fresh Scientist and others. Andrew first caught the build trojan horse when, as a teen, he saw Voyager photography of various worlds in our solar system for the first time. Far from build, Andrew enjoys path running within the forests of Finland. It’s good to apply him on Twitter @AJ_FI (opens in novel tab).

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