Mars arrivals and Etna eruption — February’s best science images


Into orbit. China’s spacecraft, Tianwen-1, arrived at Mars on 10 February, the day after Hope. This video, made by compiling images taken every 3 seconds by an on-board camera, shows the craft passing Mars as it enters orbit. In a few weeks’ time, Tianwen-1 will drop a lander and rover to the planet’s surface. Between them, the orbiter and rover will explore the geology and soil characteristics of Mars, including a search for water and ice.

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