Missions | What You Should Know about The Red Planet

What You Should Know about The Red Planet

Missions
There have been a total of 39 missions to Mars but only 16 have been successful. Orbiters, landers, rovers, flybys, you name it, have all tried to get a piece of the red planet (literally and figuratively), but less than half have achieved it. The USSR’s 1960 Marsnik 1 was the first mission ever. The European Space Agency plans to send another mission in 2016 to search for life, study the surface environment, map potential hazards to manned missions in the future and begin preparations for an eventual return flight.