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

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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.

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