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How long does it take to get to Mars – and why is it so hard?



Why are there so many attempts to get to Mars right now?

Our Mars Perseverance Rover has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It is after the Hope United Arab Emirate satellite was launched and China successfully launched its first rover mission on the Red Planet in recent weeks.

Summer 2020 is a popular time for missions on the red planet as the planets level out.

But how far is Mars? Why should we go to Mars? And why is landing on Mars known as the “seven minutes of terror”?

Here, BBC Science correspondent Laura Foster explains how long it takes to get there and why it is so difficult.

Video by Megan Fisher, Terry Saunders and Laura Foster


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