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With missions from three nations expected to reach the Red Planet this month, 2021 might be the most illuminating year in the history of Mars research.
Earthlings have been sending probes and robots to and near Mars since the 1960s, and dozens have successfully captured images and data about the planet, gradually revealing its desert mysteries. We’ve learned a bit about its geology and atmosphere, found ice, and uncovered compelling evidence that Mars was once home to blue oceans.
Now, we’re looking deeper. The looming missions will search for evidence of past life on Mars, gather a complete picture of the planet’s weather systems, prepare soil samples to be picked up by a future mission, and even attempt the first flight on Mars (via a small helicopter). Read more…
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