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Updated 10 July 2020

2020: Missions to Mars

The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. Three countries - The Hope Probe (United Arab Emirates), Tianwen-1 (China) and Mars 2020 (United States) - have all taken their positions, hoping to take advantage of the period of time when the Earth and Mars are nearest: a mere 55 million kilometres (34 million miles) apart.
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