On 14 May 2021, the Chinese National Space Agency’s (CNSA) Tianwen-1 lander touched down on the Red Planet, surviving the now infamous ‘seven minutes of terror’ as it travelled from the top of Mars’ atmosphere to the ground. Yesterday, CNSA released the first images from Tianwen-1. These and dozens of previous missions make Mars one of the most explored bodies in the Solar System. What is it about the Red Planet that holds such fascination for humanity? Find out more on our blog in this new article by Ben Skuse. 

Ben closes with this suggestion: "To have any hope of setting foot on Mars, we will need to shed earthbound rivalries and biases – and instead share knowledge openly in the spirit of science without borders." What do you think?

 

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