Mars has just gone past opposition in October 2020. That is a very good opportunity to launch spacecraft to study the Red Planet. The USA, UAE and China have all launched missions to take a closer look at Mars. This includes the Perseverance Rover, which for the first time will also have a tiny helicopter and collect samples to search for life. The site that Perseverance will land is Jezero Crater, which is near the prominent feature of Syrtis Major. This feature is visible with amateur telescopes from Earth when Mars is near opposition. You can see Syrtis Major in this picture recently taken by Sam Leske through a 10″ telescope.
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With the support of Stonehenge Aotearoa, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Phoenix Astronomical Society and Milky-Way.Kiwi, the New Zealand Astrobiology Network has put together a Mars exhibition at Stonehenge Aotearoa. This is to showcase Mars and the science missions to the planet that are there on the moment or on their way.
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Mars – The Exhibition is created by the New Zealand Astrobiology Network with the support of the Phoenix Astronomical Society, Miky-Way.Kiwi and Stonehenge Aotearoa. Principal Sponsor, the Embassy of the United States of America.
See you on Mars!
Learn more about Mars with the New Zealand Astrobiology Network.