12 February 2021
CNSA has unveiled the complete footage of the first Chinese Mars probe, Tianwen 1, as it was captured by the gravity of the Red Planet. The footage reveals Mars coming into view, the slight vibration after engine ignition, and its flight from the daytime into the night. It also shows a clear image of the solar panel, the directional antenna, and Mars atmosphere and surface topography. The video was made from the fast playback of still images at a rate of 10 frames per second. The images were taken by surveillance cameras on the solar panel and directional antenna. The cameras took images every 3 seconds for about 30 minutes.
Tianwen 1's entry into Mars orbit