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# The Red Planet

Last year
Mars set to be visible next to the full moon tonight
The planet will be “extremely bright to the naked eye” from this evening.
All time
China lands spacecraft on Mars for the first time
A rover will join an American craft which arrived at the red planet in February.
Nasa unveils new video and audio captured by Perseverance as it landed on Mars
The agency also released new images the rover took on the Martian surface.
WATCH: Spacecraft blasts off in new mission to search for life on Mars
The key goal is to analyse methane, a gas which is created in large by living microbes.
In pics: Missions to Mars through the years
As NASA lands a new exploratory probe on Mars, takes a look back over previous Mars missions…