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February 14th, 2021

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars.

The spacecraft Hope (Arabic: الأمل‎, Al-Amal).

On the day the UAE Hope probe took its first image, the Chinese Tianwen-1 orbiter arrived at Mars.

A black-and-white picture of Mars taken by Tianwen-1, the first snapshot from the Chinese craft.

China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe is seen by a tiny camera ejected from the spacecraft in a photo captured 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) from Earth.

An image of the small ejected camera tumbling away from Tianwen-1.

Tianwen-1 (TW-1; simplified Chinese: 天问; traditional Chinese: 天問; lit. ‘heavenly questions’) is an interplanetary mission by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to send a robotic spacecraft to Mars, consisting of an orbiter, deployable camera, lander and rover.

Image credit: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre – MBRSC – UAE
Image credit: China National Space Administration – CNSA – CN
Ref. BBC
Ref. Space.com

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