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

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

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