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Mars Probe Arrival Updates


February 19, 2021 • 8:00 pm PST

It’s Mars time! The Hope orbiter of the United Arab Emirates should enter Mars orbit on February 9, and NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will perform the always-suspenseful Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) sequence on February 18. China’s Tianwen 1 probe will arrive in this same time frame and burn into Mars orbit between February 11 and 24. Senior Lecturer Jim Mahon and Associate Lecturer Sarah Vincent will update you with the latest news and images from these missions, and details of what to expect as they unfold.

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