This story is part of , our series exploring the red planet.
Hope is about to reach Mars.
We won’t be getting live views of the spacecraft in action, but expect to follow along as mission control tracks Hope in its maneuvers and reports on what will hopefully be a successful arrival. You can track the probe’s progress online as it closes in on its destination.
Hope has spent over 200 days traveling from Earth to the red planet. It won’t deliver a rover, but it’s set to take on some important science by studying the planet’s atmosphere, weather and seasons.
Hope will shortly be followed in orbit byon Wednesday, and NASA will take over the spotlight on Feb. 18 when it tries to of the planet. It will be a perilous and exciting moment during a busy month at Mars.
But first, all eyes are on Hope.