This edition of Space Hub with Dr Niamh Shaw is all about the red planet - Mars. It is one of the planets that could see humans visit, but before we get there we need to study it a lot more.

Niamh tells us about all the studies and research that has taken place down the years with nearly 50 missions, sending probes and we even have sent robotic cars called rovers to land and drive around mapping the planet.

There is a new rover on the way to Mars right now!

 

It's name is  Perseverance and it's main job will be to look for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

It launched on 30 July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and is due to land on Mars on 18 February 2021. Perserverance will touch down in Jezero Crater

Check out this 3D image of the rover from NASA HERE