This Thursday, NASA’s sophisticated rover landed on the surface of Mars, with the intention of searching for evidence of life there.
In addition to that spacecraft, two other missions explore the same cosmic region: Al Amal Orbit, launched by the United Arab Emirates in July last year, which monitors Mars’ climate and atmospheric layers; And the Chinese probe Tianwen-1, which will remain in orbit until May, when its rover splits to land on the surface of the red planet.
This is just the beginning: this year could mark some of the newest achievements in the space world. Jamie Carter, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, gives an account of the eight space missions planned for 2021. Quick count here.
The first steps to the Chinese modular space station
China plans to launch the first parts of its own space station meeting in March. A mission called Tianhe (“Chinese River”) to carry the initial set of futures station will be the first of six fast-paced missions (some of them ‘Diconots’, meaning Chinese astronauts) to finish construction in 2022.
NASA returns to the moon
Within the framework of its Artemis project, the U.S. company plans to conduct some previous experiments on the Earth’s natural satellite surface in order to achieve the goal of sending the first woman and the next man to the moon by 2024.
The mission will be carried out by Peregrine Mission 1, a unique lunar lander built by a private company called Astrobiotic, which will carry 14 payloads to a crater Lagos Mortis located on the visible side of the moon. The respective rocket will be launched on June 20.
Turn the asteroids over
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) plan to launch a spacecraft between November 24 and February 15, 2022 called the DART Asteroid (DART, abbreviated in English), a spacecraft that will depart from the United States on a Balkan 9.
The project aims to explore 500 kilograms of spacecraft in October 2022 to collide with the near-Earth Dydmos and its small moon Dymon. Use the power of kinetic impact to try to change for the first time. The path of an imaginary dangerous celestial body.
Another test for the world’s most powerful rocket
The most powerful rocket ever built, the Space Launch System (SLS) will be launched in late 2021 by John F. Kennedy. Ascend from the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, Florida) and orbit the Earth to follow the Orion spacecraft. This test is part of the preparations for human feet to set foot on the lunar surface again.
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