2021 preview: Three missions will make February 2021 the month of Mars

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NASA’s Perseverance rover fires its engines because it nears the Martian floor on this illustration


FOR Mars followers, February will probably be an thrilling month. The Pink Planet is getting three guests from Earth, which all took off in July 2020. The Hope orbiter, the primary Mars mission from the United Arab Emirates, was first to launch, adopted by China’s Tianwen-1 mission, which incorporates an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The final to take off was NASA’s Perseverance rover.

Hope would be the first to reach at Mars, skimming into orbit round 9 February. It’ll test its …


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