Space mission News
Shenzhou-12 is the third of 11 missions - four of which will be crewed - needed to complete China`s first full-fledged space station. The astronauts Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54, and Tang Hongbo, 45, are to work and stay on Tianhe, the living quarters of the future space station, for three months. Since 2003, China has launched six crewed missions and sent 11 astronauts into space.
In one of NASA's most ambitious Mars mission, the Perseverance rover will land on the surface of planet Mars on Friday (February 19), according to Indian time. NASA has confirmed that the rover, which was launched this summer, will touch down in Jezero Crater, an ancient delta on the Martian surface, at around 2:25 am IST on Friday. A key objective of the mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.