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The NASA Mars 2020 "Perseverance" rover mission launched successfully on 30 July at 11:50 UT (7:50 a.m. EDT). It is targeted to make a landing in Jezero crater on 18 February 2021. The mission also carries a small rotorcraft named Ingenuity.

The Chinese Tianwen 1 Mars orbiter and lander/rover launched on 23 July at 04:41 UT from Wenchang Space Launch Center. It will go into Mars orbit in February 2021, and the lander and rover will touch down in Utopia Planitia 2 to 3 months later.

The United Arab Emirates Hope Mars mission launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on 19 July at 21:58:14 UT (1:58 a.m. July 20 UAE time). It will arrive at Mars in February 2021.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

Launch of Explorer 6, first satellite to transmit images of Earth back from space.
Launch of Zond 7 circumlunar Earth return mission.
Viking 2 reaches Mars and enters orbit.

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