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Journeying to Mars: a history

This timeline chronicles mankind's attempts to get a closer look at the Red Planet.
The history of Mars exploration offers examples of tremendous achievement and embarrassing failure. Mars does not discriminate when it comes to cursing the few countries that try to journey there, thwarting almost 70 percent of all attempts. But to think in just 40 years of exploring a planet millions of miles away, we have mapped the entire surface of the Red Planet, we've studied its atmosphere, the composition of its soil, we've found evidence of the existence of water, and we've even travers...

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