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    "China's Tianwen-1 probe performs orbital adjustment around Mars"

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    China's Tianwen-1 probe on Monday performed an orbital maneuver around Mars after it became the country's first spacecraft to explore an extraterrestrial planet.

    A 3000N engine was ignited at 5 p.m. (Beijing time) to ensure the probe's trajectory passes the poles of Mars. The periareion, the point in the orbit that is closest to Mars, was adjusted to 265 km, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

    The spacecraft will perform several more orbital adjustments to enter a parking orbit, said the CNSA.
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    "China Mars Orbiter/Lander/Rover – Ready for Red Planet Probing"

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    Now circuiting Mars, China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft is slated to perform systematic checks of onboard equipment. The craft used its 3000 newton engine on February 15 to place it into a polar orbit around the Red Planet.

    Tipping the scales at 5 metric tons, Tianwen-1 – consisting of an orbiter, lander, and rover — will perform several more orbital adjustments before placing itself into a parking orbit from which the orbiter will perform an initial survey of candidate landing areas.
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    "Tianwen 1 probe enters preset parking orbit"

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    China's Tianwen 1 robotic probe entered its preset parking orbit above Mars on Wednesday and will fly in this orbit for about three months before releasing its landing capsule, said the China National Space Administration.

    The spacecraft, which has entered a crucial stage in China's first interplanetary exploration mission after seven months of lengthy space voyage, conducted its third near-Mars deceleration maneuver at 6:29 am and then moved into an orbit with a perigee of about 280 kilometers, the administration said in a brief statement.
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    "Three candidate names for China's Mars rover come out after global poll"

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    Three possible names for China's first Mars rover have come out after a 40-day global online poll.

    "Zhurong," a fire god in ancient Chinese mythology, tops the list while "Nezha," a beloved Chinese mythological figure, and "Hongyi," which means having a broad and strong mind in Chinese, ranked second and third, respectively.

    The China National Space Administration in January unveiled a list of 10 selections for the name after a global naming campaign that kicked off in late July 2020. Netizens at home and abroad were invited to vote on 10 candidates from Jan 20 to Feb 28.

    Starting Tuesday, a panel of experts will also vote for the final candidates. The administration will decide the top three names based on public voting and expert opinions.
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    "China releases high-resolution Mars images from Tianwen-1 probe"

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    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday published 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.
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    "China releases side images of Mars from Tianwen 1 probe"

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    The China National Space Administration published on Friday afternoon two pictures of Mars taken by the Tianwen 1 robotic probe.

    The pictures were shot by the mid-resolution camera of the spacecraft when it was flying about 11,000 kilometers above the Martian surface, the administration said in a brief statement, adding the probe has been in a parking orbit for one month.

    Several mission payloads on the probe have been activated to carry out scientific tasks, as well as observe and analyze the landforms and weather conditions at the optimal landing site, according to the statement.
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    Same LM-5 Chang Zheng 5 rocket as Tianwen 1 is going to launch to Neptune? https://spacenews.com/china-to-launc...-solar-system/ 'The project somewhat echoes NASA’s Voyager missions'. The Chinese-Russia Moon plan? There is currently “no ESA stance” on the China-Russia International Lunar Research Station. https://spacenews.com/esa-cnsa-heads...e-space-plans/ 'Zhang stated that both China and Russia want the ILRS to be open to cooperation from all nations, including ESA.'

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    "China to announce name of its first Mars rover"

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    China will announce the name of its first Mars rover on the Space Day of China, which falls on April 24, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

    Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province, will host the main events marking this year's Space Day of China, Lyu Bo, a CNSA official, told a press conference on Monday.

    The events include the opening ceremony, bilateral talks on the international lunar research station, and the fourth China Space Conference.

    The name of China's first Mars rover will be announced at the opening ceremony on Saturday, Lyu said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "China to announce name of its first Mars rover"

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    Announcing an announcement? Seems a rather pointless article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Announcing an announcement? Seems a rather pointless article.
    Why? The article highlights the chosen name for Mars rover to be announced on the 24th as well as - discussions on the international lunar research station, and the fourth China Space Conference.
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    As I understand Asian countries in the East they have this Good and bad luck legend thing about dates and names, while they are modern countries that have a lot of technology and follow science, they inside these modern groups still do have their numerology and superstitions. I done silly stuff that triggers superstitions without know it, seen it myself drank a beer down and then sticking chopsticks vertical in a bowl of rice. Do this and you will be surrounded by shocked looks on their faces like they are watching a horror movie, because it reminds them of their gravestones or funeral service. It's like how some parts of the West had this thing about black cats even today it takes four to six days longer for black shelter cats to get a home or people have this '13' thing, its unlucky even though the crew of Apollo 13 returned safely home. S.Korea, Japan and China are notorious for naming stuff while keeping in mind old traditions, the Japanese Kaguya and Hayabusa were named after launch, its probably a tradition that will continue for some time.
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