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Why we need more space

Tired of being cooped up at home? How about a trip to… the moon? A space walk? A fortnight at the International Space Station? Certainly beats the grocery store.

On July 23, China's Long March 5 rocket blasted off from Hainan island carrying a very special payload - the Tianwen-1 Mars probe. The mission involves a seven-month slingshot through space with an orbiter, a lander, and a rover that will be deployed in February 2021 to carry out numerous experiments while it hunts for invaluable water ice.

AS the world twiddles its thumbs at home obsessing over rather small dreams like a dash to the grocery story through a gap in the Covid clouds, seven organisations and nations are on their way to space, four of them to the fabled and mysterious Red Planet. Others are dreaming up unimaginable...

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