India's space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.
The first image of Mars taken by the Indian orbiter
"The view is nice up here," tweeted @isro. A handful of images have been sent by the Mangalyaan probe so far. Part of its mission is to study the Martian atmosphere for signs of life. It is the first time a maiden1 voyage to Mars has entered orbit successfully and it is the cheapest. Nasa's current Maven mission cost 10 times more. Media in India have hailed the venture as a "historic achievement". The Hindu newspaper reported that the probe "has beamed back about 10 pictures of the Red Planet's surface which show some craters2". Officials were quoted by the newspaper as saying the pictures were of "good quality".
1 maiden n.少女,处女;adj.未婚的,纯洁的,无经验的 参考例句:
The prince fell in love with a fair young maiden.王子爱上了一位年轻美丽的少女。
The aircraft makes its maiden flight tomorrow.这架飞机明天首航。
2 craters n.火山口( crater的名词复数 );弹坑等 参考例句:
Small meteorites have left impact craters all over the planet's surface. 这个行星的表面布满了小块陨石留下的撞击坑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
The battlefield was full of craters made by exploding shells. 战场上布满弹坑。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》