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ESA’s ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin, (foreground) and Russia’s stationary surface science platform, Kazachok, (background) are scheduled for launch in July 2020, arriving at Mars in March 2021. Image credit: ESA.

Space 2020, Preview: Humans won’t land on Mars in the year 2020

It’s 2020, the year by which we were promised so much. By the likes of me. So, what will 2020 actually bring for the space sector?

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Artist concept shows the Mars Helicopter Scout. Image credit: NASA.
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Artist impression of Solar Orbiter. Image credit: ESA
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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, December 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Image credit: Boeing.
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Concept image shows the NEA Scout CubeSat with its solar sail deployed as it characterizes a near-Earth asteroid. Image credit: NASA.
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LauncherOne moves into position for attachment to Cosmic Girl. Image credit: Virgin Orbit
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60 starlink spacecraft ready for launch. Image credit: SpaceX
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SpaceX Starlink satellites crossing the sky as seen by the Global Meteor Network from La Palma, Canary Islands. Stars trail in the back on arcs.

Glasgow based space technology engineer, academic, and director. spaceprof.xyz |Professor @UniStrathclyde |Director @SoX_SA. ⊕

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