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Please explain: why are we sending missions to Mars? – Macquarie University

Associate Professor Craig O’Neill, from Macquarie University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science, explains.

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The short answer to why we are sending missions to the red planet is summed up in the word ‘hope’. Hope is the English translation of Al-Amal – the name of the United Arab Emirates’ historic space mission. Their probe successfully launched from Japan on 19 July and is now on a seven-month long, 500 million kilometre flight to Mars.
New frontier: An artists’ impression of the Hope probe orbiting Mars. Image credit: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
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