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ETA February: Martian orbit to congest as Earth missions reach Red planet

Mars-bound missions from US, UAE and China will arrive in February with plans to deepen human understanding of the possibility of life beyond Earth

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Mars Mission | NASA Mars mission | Mars Missions

Shibu Tripathi  |  New Delhi 



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This illustration shows NASA’s Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft’s cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere. (Nasa)

It was Galileo Galilei who first observed this planet in 1609 with a primitive telescope followed by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who first drew this planet using his advanced telescope. This celestial body they were amazed by was Mars. Nearly 400 years after the astronomers established its elliptical planetary motion, the Martian orbit is set to be congested as a handful of international missions from Earth land on this distant neighbour.

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First Published: Tue, February 09 2021. 10:35 IST

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