The rediscovery of our neighboring world

Mars, astronomy

World not so strange anymore: Impression of the Mars crater Jezero, taken in July 2021 by the NASA rover Perseverance. The hill in the background is about 1.5 miles away and was named Santa Cruz.
© NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

In orbit, on land, and in the air, never before have so many automated scouts explored the mysteries of Mars. China is also involved with a complex mission.

by THORSTEN DAMBECK

What will remain of the events in 2021? You might remember the storming of the US Capitol or the devastating floods in western Germany. Some may not forget the Corona Olympics without an audience. Planetologists naturally have a wider view: They would probably appoint 2021 as the year of Mars. Because never before has our outer neighboring planet been so intensely in the focus of science.

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