Euro News said that the first Chinese probe to Mars was sent a picture of the Earth and the moon on its way to the Red Planet, according to the Chinese Space Agency.

According to the channel, the picture shows the two planets in the shape of crescent moon in the vast space and were taken 1.2 million kilometers from Earth three days after the launch of the “Tianwin-1” mission.

The spacecraft was launched Thursday from the Wenchang Center on Hainan Island in southern China and is expected to reach the orbit of Mars in February 2021 and will need seven months to travel the long distance between Earth and Mars and reach 55 million km at a minimum, i.e. 1400 times the world’s cycle.

China hopes to achieve in this first independent attempt what the United States has accomplished almost on several missions to Mars since the 1960s.