UAE, China Poised For Mars Debuts

An image of Mars from China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft.
Credit: CNSA
The first of a trio of new spacecraft headed to Mars is nearing a do-or-die 27-min. engine burn on Feb. 9 to trim speed so it can be swept into orbit around the red planet. The Emirates Mars Mission Hope orbiter is scheduled to begin firing its six thrusters at 10:31 a.m. EST, at an altitude of 1...

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