Earth Sends Fleet of Spacecrafts to MARS

Earth Sends Fleet of Spacecrafts to MARS

Earth Sends Fleet of Spacecrafts to MARS
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

Earth will soon be invading Mars. Three countries will send unmanned spacecraft to the planet in early July to seek signs of life.

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Three countries—the United States, China, and the United Arab Emirates—will commence a space mission to study signs of ancient microscopic life.

It also aims to scout, specifically the safety in the area, for the future astronauts who will go there.

The spacecraft are expected to reach Mars next February, travelling more than 300 million miles.

Based on the samples to be collected, scientists will determine if there were rivers, lakes, and tiny organisms on the planet.

This is not the first time Earth had missions to Mars. Spacecrafts sent there either blew up, burned, or crash-landed.

Earth Sends Fleet of Spacecrafts to MARS
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

China’s last attempt, in collaboration with Russia in 2011, ended in failure.

Only the US was successful in putting up spacecrafts there, beginning with the twin Vikings in 1976.

Meanwhile, the UAE spacecraft, Amal or Hope, is scheduled to rocket away from Japan this week. This is the country’s first interplanetary mission, costing about $200 million.

China will send a rover and an orbiter on July 23. The mission is named Tianwen, or Questions of Heaven.

US will dispatch a six-wheeled rover named Perseverance on July 30 to collect rock samples.

These will be brought to Earth for analysis in about a decade. The project amounts to $3 billion.

Further, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration aims to bring astronauts to Mars by 2024 and to Mars by 2030.