NASA and China’s national space agency are both hoping to launch new rovers to Mars in the coming weeks, which, if successful, would be the ninth and 10th successful probes to land on the surface of Mars,media CNET reported. At least two of the rover’s previous lying sparks have crashed on Mars, and four others have lost contact with Earth before or after landing.
To mark the upcoming Mars launch season (the Mars Exploration Window appears only every 26 months), the Planetary Society brings together maps of all 17 past and future Mars landing attempts, including the 2023 European rover and the Russian lander.
Interestingly, all eight successful Mars landings were carried out by NASA, although NASA also failed in its 1999 polar landing on Mars.
As shown in the figure, the place where The Perseverance will land is relatively close to the area where the European Space Agency’s Berger 2 last landed. The European Space Agency lost contact with the lander after separation and abruptly ended its mission, although it was later found to have made a successful landing.
Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society put this map together with the infographic below to provide more information about the landing.
NASA’s Perseverance rover is currently scheduled to launch on July 17 and land at jezero Crater on February 18 next year.