Soon three missions will reach the Red Planet – more than ever before. The Europeans have to watch as the US, the Emirates and China celebrate successes in space.
Posted today at 11:30 p.m.
This is how it should look when the US probe “Perseverance” (German: Perseverance) lands on Mars.
Photo: Nasa / Keystone
All good things come in four. More precisely, all good things would have been four: Four space probes should have reached Mars these days, a record for exploring the Red Planet. But after Europe’s Exomars probe missed its start date last summer due to all sorts of problems, only three probes are now arriving at the neighboring planet at the same time. That has never happened before either.
The trio could not be more different: One space probe is only supposed to orbit Mars, the other two want to land. One probe is about science and technological progress, while others focus on inspiration and fascination, but also prestige and maintaining power. However, all three have one thing in common: the tasks that lie ahead of them in the coming days, weeks and months will be anything but easy.