Images: Chinese Spacecraft Captures The Whole Of Mars

China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft has collected satellite data covering all of Mars . Images show the south pole of the Red Planet, a shield volcano first photographed by Mariner 9 .

Beijing (Reuters): After circling Mars more than 1,300 times since early last year, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft has collected satellite data covering all of Mars, including images of its south pole, according to state media.Chinas Tianwen-1 reached the Red Planet in February 2021, the country's first mission there.After landing on the moon, a robotic rover was launched from space.Chinas first photos of the planet's south pole were taken by an orbiting probe operated by the European Space Agency in 2018.Tianwen-1 photos also showed a top-down view of the 18,000-meter (59,055-foot) Ascraeus Mons, a large shield volcano first photographed by NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft more than five decades ago.