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Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are predicting that 2021 will be great year for space exploration. increasing number of countries and commercial companies are investing in technology to venture into heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their sights on space tourism and sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space fact. Such are advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such as getaway weekend breaks to Moon.

year will start with exciting project that will help scientists better understand universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE probe on January the 15th. This will study the collision of small particles in space to provide insight into how planets originally formed. month later, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible past microbial life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been goal of planetary scientists since early days of space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the Hubble Telescope, will launch into space. Its mission is to observe first galaxies that formed in early universe.

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