6 MONTHS ON MARS
A giant dust storm, an underground lake and new possible hints of life… it’s all been happening on the Red Planet, as Elizabeth Pearson explains
Over the past few months barely a week has gone by without some new story involving the Red Planet. Here’s the complete round-up.
On 26 November, after six months of interplanetary travel, the InSight lander will set down on the surface of Mars and start probing deep beneath the planet’s surface. But we’ve learned a lot about the Red Planet in the six months since InSight left Earth. Mars has made its closest approach to Earth since 2003; we’ve discovered the ingredients for possible life on the surface; and the planet’s atmosphere has been ravaged by extreme weather conditions. As the latest Martian spacecraft prepares to move into its new home, we take a look back at the biggest headlines that have come from the Red Planet since it started its journey.