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The NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter successfully touched down in Jezero Crater on Mars at approximately 20:55 UT (3:55 p.m. EST) on February 18. The first image has been returned from the surface. For more, see the NASA Press Release.

The CNSA (Chinese National Space Administration) Tianwen 1 mission arrived at Mars and successfully went into orbit on February 10. It is expected to deploy the rover/lander to the surface in May.

The United Arab Emirates Hope mission reached Mars and went into orbit on February 9. it is planned to study the martian atmosphere from orbit for 2 to 4 years.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

1966
First launch of Saturn 1B booster, carrying test Apollo capsule payload.
1971
Apollo 14 astronauts released from quarantine after mission, the last Apollo astronauts quarantined.

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