YOUNG YOU: Three countries launch missions to Mars

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Space Shuttle. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In July, three countries were scheduled to send spacecraft to Mars in a matter of 11 days. Shortly before going to press, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China had successfully launched their spacecraft. And if things went according to plan, the US was set to launch just after YOU went to press.

It was the first time China and the UAE have sent spacecraft to the Red Planet. The UAE is the first Arabic country to do so. Its Hope spacecraft will study the climate of Mars, while China’s Tianwen-1 mission will study the planet’s geology.  

Why is everyone going to Mars now?

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