Each NASA and China’s area company hope to launch new rovers for Mars within the coming weeks, and in the event that they make it they will develop into the ninth and 10th craft to efficiently land on the floor of our planetary neighbor.
Hopefully, neithernor China’s Tianwen-1 rover develop into the subsequent machine to finish its mission abruptly with a crash touchdown on Mars. Not less than two craft have crashed, whereas 4 others have misplaced contact with Earth simply earlier than or after touchdown.
To mark the upcoming Martian launch season, which solely happens when the planets are greatest aligned for the journey each 26 months, the Planetary Society put collectively the under map of all 17 Mars touchdown makes an attempt, previous and future, up by means of the deliberate 2023 touchdown of a European rover and Russian lander.
Apparently, all eight profitable Mars landings have been NASA missions, though the US area company additionally had a failure of its personal when the Mars Polar Lander was misplaced in 1999.
Because the map exhibits, Perseverance will land comparatively near the realm the place the European Area Company’s Beagle 2 was final seen. The ESA misplaced contact with the lander after separation, ending its mission abruptly, though it was later discovered to have landed efficiently.
The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla put collectively the map, together with the useful infographic under, and there is extra details about a few of the landings right here.
NASA’s Perseverance rover is at present scheduled to launch July 17 and contact down in Jezero Crater on Feb. 18.