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China releases high-resolution Mars images from Tianwen-1 probe


The color image is of the red planet's North Pole region taken by the medium-resolution camera.(Photo provided by CNSA)

The color image is of the red planet’s North Pole region taken by the medium-resolution camera.(Photo provided by CNSA)

The China National Space Administration made public on Thursday morning the first high-definition pictures of Mars taken by the nation's spacecraft.

The China National Space Administration made public on Thursday morning the first high-definition pictures of Mars taken by the nation’s spacecraft.

The pictures - two black-and-white and one color - were shot recently by China's Tianwen 1 robotic probe when the spacecraft was travelling in Mars orbit, according to the administration.

The pictures – two black-and-white and one color – were shot recently by China’s Tianwen 1 robotic probe when the spacecraft was travelling in Mars orbit, according to the administration.

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) — The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday published three high-resolution images of Mars captured by the country’s Tianwen-1 probe.

These images include two panchromatic images and one color image, said the CNSA.

The panchromatic images were taken by the high-resolution camera of Tianwen-1 at a distance of 330 to 350 km above the surface of Mars, with a resolution of about 0.7 meters.

In the images, Martian landforms such as small craters, mountain ridges and dunes are clearly visible. It is estimated that the diameter of the largest impact crater in the images is around 620 meters.

The color image is of the red planet’s North Pole region taken by the medium-resolution camera, the CNSA said. 

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