Mars

This image of Perseverance’s backshell sitting upright on the surface of Jezero Crater was collected from an altitude of 26 feet (8 meters) by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its 26th flight at Mars on April 19, 2022.

Perseverance Mars rover photographs its own landing debris

On Mars, there’s a unique kind of “tumbleweed” rolling across the Martian plains. These tumbleweeds aren’t plants – they are pieces of debris from the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) hardware from NASA’s Perseverance rover. Percy has been coming across many of these remnants, photographing them so that engineers can study them. During its landing on …

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What a decade of Curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. AP hide caption toggle caption AP A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. AP Ten years ago, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab celebrated the successful landing of its fourth robot on Mars, The Curiosity rover. Now old enough to …

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robot on dusty Martian rocks

The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for 10 years. Here’s what we’ve learned.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has hit a major milestone: the robot is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its landing on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012. Over the decade, the rover has greatly advanced our understanding of the Red Planet through its exploration and research. Curiosity‘s primary mission objective was to determine whether or not Mars was …

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A visualisation of the European ExoMars rover on the surface of the Red Planet.

Europe’s troubled Mars rover still vital in the search for life on the Red Planet

The stars have not been aligned for Europe’s first Martian rover ExoMars, but scientists still think the aging vehicle can play a big role in answering one of the biggest questions in Mars exploration: has there ever been life on the Red Planet? The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is probably the …

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Haughton Crater and the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) base.

A month on ‘Mars’: Preparing to visit the Red Planet … on Earth

On Monday (Aug. 1), a group of eight researchers and their associates headed north to the high Arctic to spend a month at the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) base on Devon Island, about 15 degrees south of the North Pole. The group includes the founder of the base and expedition leader, Dr. Pascal Lee, a group …

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NASA Mars Sample Return Benefits of Space Station Research

This Week @NASA: Mars Sample Return, Benefits of Space Station Research and Development

The benefits of space station research and development … Refining the architecture for the Mars Sample Return mission … And test firing a solid-rocket booster for our mega Moon rocket … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at Mars Sample Return Mission’s Architecture The Mars Sample Return Program is …

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Mars Sample Return Mission: NASA Will Astonish the World

This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples collected from the Mars surface by NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA Will Inspire World When It Returns Mars Samples to Earth in 2033 Mars helicopter.” This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval …

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