Fleet Of Mars Orbiters Expands By Two

The UAE Mars Mission Hope spacecraft returned its first image of the red planet on Feb. 10 as the early morning sunlight illuminated Olympus Mons, center, the largest volcano in the Solar System. Also pictured are three large shield volcanoes and the cloud-filled canyons of Valles Marineris. The color is a composite of red, green and blue images taken by Hope’s Emirates Exploration Imager camera.
With the arrival of two new spacecraft at Mars, scientists have an unprecedented opportunity to ramp up the quest to learn more about how the planet transformed from a warm, water-rich world that may have hosted life into the cold, dry desert that exists today. Eight spacecraft orbiting Mars China...

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