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NASA rover "Perseverance" has successfully landed on Mars
NASA rover "Perseverance" has successfully landed on Mars
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NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars Thursday afternoon, as part of one of the agency's most ambitious deep-space missions to search for signs of ancient life on the red planet.

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China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered Mars orbit
Artist’s impression of the Tianwen-1 rover surveying on mars surface.
Artist’s impression of the Tianwen-1 rover surveying on mars surface. Credit: China National Space Administration, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Mars is getting crowded! After being on the space-road for seven months, China's Tianwen-1 probe has successfully entered Mars orbit on Wednesday, just one day after UAE's Hope orbiter and eights days before NASA's Perseverance rover.

"Tianwen-1 is going to orbit, land and release a rover all on the very first try, and coordinate observations with an orbiter," mission managers wrote before launch in the journal Nature Astronomy. "No planetary missions have ever been implemented in this way. If successful, it would signify a major technical breakthrough."

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Mars Rover Perseverance to Land on Mars on Feb 18
Mars Rover Perseverance to Land on Mars on Feb 18
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Perseverance is in its home stretch. NASA's Mars rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, almost six months after it started its journey to the red planet.

"I am thrilled to be here today as our countdown to Mars winds down from months to just weeks. Perseverance is closing in on the Red Planet, and our team is preparing for her to touch down in Jezero Crater.," Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said.

After landing, Perseverance will search for ancient life on Mars on the floor of Jezero.