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China's Tianwen-1 mission reaches Mars orbit
If successful, Tianwen-1 will be the first Mars mission to drop a landing platform, deploy a rover, and send a spacecraft into the planet's orbit all in one expedition.
Chinese state media reports that the spacecraft is set to fall into Martian orbit on February 10, according to Space.com. After the orbiter spends a couple months surveying the landing site, it should drop the lander — with the rover inside — to a vast field of volcanic rock called Utopia Planitia.
The rover is equipped with a radar system that can detect underground pockets of water. It aims to sniff out ancient reservoirs that could harbor life. It will also help China prepare for a mission to bring a sample from Mars to Earth.
The Arab world's first mission to Mars is set to chart a global map of the planet's climate across one Martian year. It would be humanity's first such picture of Mars' atmosphere. The SUV-sized spacecraft is set to insert itself into an oval-shaped orbit around the red planet on February 9.
"We'll be able to cover all of Mars, through all times of day, through an entire Martian year," Sarah Al Amiri, the mission's science lead, told Nature.
The orbiter launched in July, positioning it for a relatively short trip to Mars as the planet passes close to Earth. Hope is one of three Mars missions to take advantage of this window, and they all arrive during the same 10-day period in February.
Dear future me,
I'm writing one year back and I want to know how is your life now!! I assume that you are in the first year of high school and I hope that you have made some new friends!! I wonder if you have already decided what you are going to study at university and please don't give up on your dreams because i know you can make them true!! See you again in one year,
Your past you