Mars Missions Current Affairs - 2020

Hope: UAE launched first Mars Mission

On July 19, 2020, the United Arab Emirates launched the first ever mission to the red planet, Mars. The spacecraft is to arrive Mars in February 2021. Highlights The satellite “Hope” is to be placed in orbit between 20,000 and 43,000 kilometres above the surface of mars. The satellite will complete its orbit once in Read More…

What is Mars Helicopter “Ingenuity”?

Ingenuity is a robotic helicopter that is to be deployed in Mars 2020 mission of NASA. Mars 2020 mission is to be launched on July 30, 2020. Highlights The Helicopter being attached to the mission will check how the conditions on Mars affect aviation. Ingenuity is a technology demonstration. It is the first aircraft to Read More…

Tianwen 1: China’s first Mars Exploration Mission

On April 24, 2020, the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) named its first Mars Exploration mission as Tianwen 1. The CNSA also announced that henceforth all the planetary missions are to be named as Tianwen series. Highlights The announcement comes on April 24 as China has been celebrating its National Space Day on April 24 Read More…

NASA’s Orion capsule blasts off for test flight to Mars

NASA’s Orion capsule blasted off on its first journey into orbit, from Kennedy Space Centre off Florida coast. United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket was carrying this unmanned spacecraft. This mission is a key test flight before carrying people to deep space destinations like Mars in the coming years. Flight test:  This Orion capsule Read More…