China's Tianwen-1 snaps amazing selfies above Mars

TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) – Mars orbiter captured this stunning selfie above the Red Planet by jettisoning a small camera and beaming photos via WiFi to the mothership.

China's Tianwen 1 spacecraft at Mars pulled a big New Year's surprise with stunning new images captured by a small camera that flew free of the orbiter to snap epic selfies above the Red Planet.

The new images published by the China National Space Administration show Tianwen 1 above Mars' north pole, with its solar arrays and antennas on display, as well as a partial closeup of the orbiter and a view of the Red Planet's northern ice cap.

The Mars shots were taken by a small camera device released by the orbiter which then took images and sent them to Tianwen 1 via WiFi.

China's Tianwen-1 snaps amazing selfies above Mars

The views give an unprecedented view of a spacecraft in orbit around another planet, showing the golden body of Tianwen 1, the silver high-gain antenna for communications, solar arrays, and science antennae. A closeup shows the spacecraft’s radar antenna parallel to the solar array.

The images received keen attention on social media, including from engineers involved in Mars photography from other space agencies.

Tianwen 1 has been orbiting the Red Planet since February 2021 and released the Zhurong rover for its landing last May. 

The orbiter also pulled a similar stunt on the way to Mars, deploying a small camera to snap photos of the probe while in deep space with Zhurong still attached in its aeroshell. However, the spacecraft still had another trick up its sleeve with the New Year’s image.

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