China’s Mars probe sends back photo of Earth, Moon

Tianwen-1, China’s first ever Mars mission launched on July 23, has captured a photo of the Earth and the Moon, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) announced Tuesday.

Using the optical navigation sensor, the probe took the image of the Earth and the Moon at a distance of 1.2 million kilometers on Monday, under the operation of the flight control team from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center in close collaboration with the China Academy of Space Technology.

The black-and-white image shows the Earth and the Moon both in crescent-like shape accompanying each other in the vast universe.

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