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Mars

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NASA’s Perseverance rover shoots lasers that can vaporize rocks

June 12th, 2021

By now you already know that NASA’s Perseverance rover is an impressive machine. It survived the long journey from Earth to Mars, landed in one piece, and has already explored a small area of the surface while its partner, the Ingenuity helicopter, conducted its flight tests. Now that the Mars 2020 mission is finally entering …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is finally getting down to business

June 10th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars way back in February. Just moments after its safe touchdown, the massive machine sent back images of the Martian surface and began relaying all kinds of data so that its handlers back on Earth knew it was doing okay. With that quick start, you’d think that the rover would …

Mars Helicopter Glitch

Ingenuity survived its first near-death experience on Mars

May 29th, 2021

Ingenuity is probably the world’s favorite helicopter — if ever there was one. It’s the first human-made vehicle that flew on Mars, not counting the landers that brought rovers along with the drone to the red planet. Ingenuity has taken off and landed a few times already, and those missions were accomplished without too many …

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NASA says there are probably organic salts on Mars

May 20th, 2021

NASA has been studying Mars for a long time now. Scientists working with the various rovers that have been sent to the Martian surface have uncovered plenty of interesting things, but evidence supporting the theory that there was once life on the Red Planet is still elusive. Finding organic molecules could go a long way …

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China nailed its Mars landing – here’s what comes next

May 17th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover may be taking the lion’s share of the science headlines this year but it’s about to have some stiff competition. China, which launched its latest Mars mission at around the same time that NASA launched its new rover, successfully touched down with a lander and rover this past weekend. The mission is …

China Mars Landing

China just landed a rover on Mars

May 15th, 2021

Perseverance and Curiosity have company on Mars, as of around 7:00 PM EST on Friday. China brought its lander down to the surface of the planet, which was carrying the Zhurong rover. China joins a select number of countries that have been able to orbit and successfully land a spacecraft on Mars, and it could …

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NASA finally let Perseverance stretch its arms and do some work

May 14th, 2021

NASA fancy new Perseverance rover has been sitting on Mars since late February. It landed perfectly and everything has been going well in the months since then, but it’s had a lot to do before it could begin conducting serious science. Top of the list was the deployment of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, and while …

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China will attempt its Mars rover landing this week

May 13th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover and its tiny Ingenuity helicopter companion have been stealing the lion’s share of science headlines as of late, but they’re not the only machines ready to make their mark on the Red Planet. China launched a Mars rover mission at around the same time that NASA launched Perseverance, but rather than landing …