Spacecraft will descend on red planet carrying helicopter and instruments to look for biosignatures
Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground
Wednesday will see the launch of the first crewed space flight from the US into orbit in almost a decade
NASA has shortlisted four proposals for its next astrophysics missions, due for launch in 2025. The agency has funding to fly two of them, and the four will now each receive funds for a nine-month period of technical study. The two missions will be chosen next year.
The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint Nasa and European Space Agency (ESA) mission, is set to be launched from Cape Canaveral just after 4am UK time on Monday morning, and will reach its vantage point above the planetary plane by the end of 2021.
Not since the 1960s have we witnessed such appetite for space missions. Here’s what to expect in the year ahead, from commercial launches to Chinese ambitions