China published on Monday the first global panoramic images of Mars taken by the country’s Tianwen 1 orbiter. They were jointly released by the China National Space Administration and the Chinese Academy of Sciences at a ceremony in Hefei, capital of Anhui province, marking this year’s Space Day in China.
The color images include the Robinson projection, Mercator projection, azimuth projection and orthographic projection of the Eastern and Western hemispheres of the Red Planet, with a spatial resolution of 76 meters.
The panoramas were made through the processing of 14,757 images taken by the mid-definition camera mounted on Tianwen 1’s Martian orbiter during its 284 remote-sensing maneuvers from November 2021 to July 2022.
They are expected to provide better base maps for scientists and engineers around the world to facilitate their research and planning for future expeditions to Mars, the administration said.
Through the study of images and data from Tianwen 1, Chinese scientists have spotted and identified many geological bodies surrounding the landing site of Tianwen 1 and have named 22 of them after Chinese villages with renowned historical and cultural heritages.