As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade.

NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday.

FILE- This artist's rendering provided to China's Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016 by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, shows a concept design for the Chinese Mars 2020 rover and lander. As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. The Chinese Mars 2020 will feature both an orbiter and lander.  NASA's InSight, which touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26 and is the eighth successful Martian lander, should be wrapping up two years of digging and quake monitoring by the time rovers arrive from the U.S., Europe and China.   (Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense via Xinhua via AP, File)
FILE- This artist’s rendering provided to China’s Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016 by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, shows a concept design for the Chinese Mars 2020 rover and lander. As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. The Chinese Mars 2020 will feature both an orbiter and lander. NASA’s InSight, which touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26 and is the eighth successful Martian lander, should be wrapping up two years of digging and quake monitoring by the time rovers arrive from the U.S., Europe and China. (Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense via Xinhua via AP, File)

InSight —the eighth successful Martian lander — should be wrapping up two years of digging and quake monitoring by the time rovers arrive from the U.S., Europe and China.

In this undated photo provided by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, engineers discuss further steps to disassemble a spacecraft's sun shield baffle for further inspections. As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. The United Arab Emirates aims to send its first spacecraft to Mars in 2020; the orbiter is named Hope, or Amal in Arabic. NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.   (United Arab Emirates Space Agency via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, engineers discuss further steps to disassemble a spacecraft’s sun shield baffle for further inspections. As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. The United Arab Emirates aims to send its first spacecraft to Mars in 2020; the orbiter is named Hope, or Amal in Arabic. NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (United Arab Emirates Space Agency via AP)

NASA’s Mars 2020 will hunt for rocks that might hold evidence of ancient microbial life and stash them in a safe place for return to Earth.

This artist's rendering from NASA depicts the Mars 2020 Rover. As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA’s Mars 2020 will hunt for rocks that might hold evidence of ancient microbial life and stash them in a safe place for return to Earth in the early 2030s. It's targeting a once-wet river delta in Jezero Crater. NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.   (NASA via AP)
This artist’s rendering from NASA depicts the Mars 2020 Rover. As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA’s Mars 2020 will hunt for rocks that might hold evidence of ancient microbial life and stash them in a safe place for return to Earth in the early 2030s. It’s targeting a once-wet river delta in Jezero Crater. NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (NASA via AP)

The European-Russian ExoMars also will sniff out possible past life. The Chinese Mars 2020 will feature both an orbiter and lander. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, aims to send its first spacecraft, an orbiter, to Mars in 2020.

Source: The Associated Press

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