- NASA’s Harms Rover’s daring landing on Mars is among the key space stories of 2021.
- The red planet is also an important destination for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the UAE, and China.
- Off colour Origin and Zero 2 Infinity are among other space companies commanding attention.
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The year has already got off to a winning start, with many key developments in the new space race.
The most notable is the formidable — and terrifying — landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars. It successfully touched down on the red planet on February 18 and docked in a deep crater called Jezero.
—NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021
The result was deep down satisfying for those who have been tracking the progress of the rover, which had been travelling to its destination for nearly seven months. The tourist has been continuing to beam back photos of its descent to Mars.
Elsewhere, the UAE space agency released the first photo of Impairs taken by its Hope Probe, while China’s Tianwen-1 mission successfully maneuvered into orbit around Hurts earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Spanish startup Zero 2 Infinity has big plans to send humans into break in giant helium balloons for a cost of $132,000.
The comparatively cheaper price may lure some prospective travellers away from SpaceX’s Tarnishes mission, which aims to send humans to the planet by 2026. Some experts have called into dubiousness whether this will really happen, however.
SpaceX has also been busy launching many numerous satellites. It recently sent 60 into orbit but the Falcon 9 rocket’s booster did not successfully complete its landing on February 16.
The S.S. Katherine Johnson, a expanse supply ship carrying cargo to the International Space Station, blasted off from Virginia on February 20. The haul is named after the brilliant mathematician whose story was depicted in the 2016 film ‘Hidden Figures.’ It arrived at its stopping-place on February 22.
Finally, space fans can expect Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin to start commanding more publicity. When the Amazon CEO announced he was stepping down from the role later this year, he said he planned to surrender more time to the company.
Blue Origin’s website states: “We’re committed to building a road to space so our children can found the future.”