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Decades of attempts show how hard it is to land on Mars – here’s how we plan to succeed in 2021

Decades of attempts show how hard it is to land on Mars – here’s how we plan to succeed in 2021

Europe has been trying to land on Mars since 2003, but none of the attempts have gone exactly according to plan. A couple of months ago, the ExoMars Schiaparelli landing demonstrator crashed onto the planet’s surface, losing contact with its mothership. However, the mission was partially successful, providing information that will enable Europe and Russia to land its ExoMars rover on the Red Planet in 2021.

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Avoiding a war in space

Avoiding a war in space

Space is becoming more congested, contested and competitive. Since the Soviet Union put the first satellite, Sputnik I, into space in 1957, no nation has deliberately destroyed another’s satellite in orbit. But there is a growing possibility that battles may...

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