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On February 18, NASA plans to land the cutting-edge Perseverance rover on the Red Planet. The loaded vehicle will include tools for looking for signs of life, a battery-sized device built to turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and a solar-powered helicopter designed to fly in the thin Martian atmosphere. Here, Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines provide details on the new rover, past explorations of the planet and future missions.

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