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SpaceX Crew Dragon DM-2 Undocking with the ISS

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SpaceX Crew Dragon DM-2 Undocking with the ISS

SpaceX will undock from the International Space Station for the first time with their Crew Dragon capsule carrying 2 American astronauts. The undock procedures and hatch closure begin about 2 hours prior to the actual undocking, followed by a number of departure burns on the Crew Dragon capsule to complete the undock. Video by SpaceX

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ULA Atlas V – Mars

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ULA Atlas V Mars 2020

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will launch NASA's Perseverance rover to Mars. The spacecraft will explore the Jezero Crater to study the planet's habitability, seek signs of past microbial life, collect and store samples of selected rock and soil and prepare for future human missions.

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China launches Tianwen-1 Rover

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China launches
Tianwen-1 Mars rover mission

On Thursday afternoon, China launched a 187-foot (57-meter) Long March 5 rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in eastern Hainan, a large island in the South China Sea, according to the Associated Press. The rocket lifted off at 12:40 p.m. local time (12:40 a.m. ET) carrying a 5.5-ton bundle of spacecraft designed to execute an ambitious mission called Tianwen-1, which translates to "questions to heaven."

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Emirates Mars Mission

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Emirates Mars Mission
”Hope Probe”

A successful launch! This is the first probe to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet’s orbit in 2021. It will help answer key questions about the global Martian atmosphere and the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases into space over the span of one Martian year.