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Mars

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This new NASA video of the Perseverance landing is incredible

February 22nd, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars was a huge milestone in the mission. The rover stuck its landing perfectly, and we were quickly treated to a photograph showing the rover during its landing sequence. Now that the rover has had a chance to send back a whole bunch of data, NASA has published a full …

Mars Perseverance

You have to check out this awesome Google Search Easter egg

February 20th, 2021

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has finally landed on the red planet, kicking off a two-year mission that will include analysis of the surface of the planet as well as a search for signs of ancient life. Google embedded an Easter egg celebrating that Mars rover landing in a Google Search results page, which is shown …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars – here’s what happens next

February 18th, 2021

NASA’s years-long Perseverance program has just crossed a major milestone with a successful landing on the Red Planet. Perseverance landed just as NASA planned, and it goes without saying that the mission controllers and engineers were elated with the outcome. Now that the rover has landed, the fun stuff can begin, with scientific research and …

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New Mars mission sends back first photo of the Red Planet

February 15th, 2021

The second Mars mission arriving at Mars this month is the ‘Hope’ mission launched by the United Arab Emirates. The mission has already reached its destination, and the spacecraft just sent back its very first image of Mars from its approach.  The mission inserted an orbiter around Mars that will observe and measure various aspects …

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A Mars orbiter just detected something it’s never seen before

February 12th, 2021

The atmosphere of Mars is thin and, compared to Earth, barely even there at all, but it can still teach us about the history of the planet and its present-day status. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which is a project from the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos, recently detected a gas that it never …

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NASA and China aren’t the only ones about to reach Mars

February 8th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover and China’s own orbiter/rover combo are expected to arrive at Mars in a matter of days. A third Mars mission, the Hope mission from the United Arab Emirates, hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.  Hope is the first interplanetary mission to be launched by …

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How NASA makes sure it doesn’t contaminate other worlds

February 6th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover is rapidly approaching its destination on Mars, with an expected landing later this month. NASA and other space agencies take great care to ensure that microbes and other contaminants from Earth don’t hitch a ride on missions to other worlds. The precautions can seem extreme, but the importance of ensuring that other …

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Nuclear-powered rockets may push humanity to new worlds

February 4th, 2021

NASA and the European Space Agency, in addition to other space agencies, have been studying Mars for a long time with both rovers and orbiters. Crewed missions to the Red Planet are eventually going to happen, but the technology for such a mission doesn’t yet exist.  A company out of Seattle is working on nuclear …