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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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NASA is preparing for 7 minutes of absolute terror

January 29th, 2021

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is closing in on its landing date, which is expected to be just a few weeks away. The mission, which includes the Perseverance rover as well as the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, depends on a successful landing that is largely out of NASA’s hands at the moment. The landing sequence is mostly …

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We’re now just one month away from the Perseverance rover’s landing

January 18th, 2021

After several months of traveling through space, NASA’s Perseverance rover and other science instruments are now just one month away from their landing date on Mars. The landing, which is slated for February 18th, will see the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter arrive on the Red Planet.  The mission is expected to last many years, …

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Here is NASA’s plan to study Mars dirt in person

December 23rd, 2020

NASA’s Perseverance rover is equipped with many high-tech tools to study the Red Planet, but it’s also carrying tubes that will eventually come back to Earth. Samples from Mars have never been obtained and returned to Earth, and NASA is still hashing out how it plans to achieve that milestone. The tubes will contain material …

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Get ready to learn more about Martian weather

November 13th, 2020

NASA wants to better understand the weather of Mars and its new Perseverance rover should help with that. Scientists are eager to learn about the role that dust plays in Martian weather, and how huge dust storms can seemingly pop up out of nowhere. Perseverance should arrive on Mars within 100 days. I don’t know …

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NASA is moving swiftly to bring Mars samples back to Earth

November 10th, 2020

NASA says it’s ready to begin the long process of eventually sending samples of Mars back to Earth. An independent review gave NASA the thumbs up and says it appears to have everything it needs to begin the decade-long project.  Eventually, samples collected by the Perseverance rover will be shot into space, collected by an …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just hit a major milestone in space

October 28th, 2020

NASA’s Perseverance rover and the Mars 2020 mission just nailed a huge milestone on its way to the Red Planet. The spacecraft has passed the halfway point on its route to Mars and is still on course for a landing in February 2021. The rover and its helicopter companion are healthy and doing well. NASA’s …

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Watch NASA launch its Mars 2020 mission live

July 29th, 2020

NASA is finally ready to get its Mars 2020 mission underway after months of hard work preparing the hardware in the midst of a pandemic. The mission launch window opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT and will remain open for two hours.  Perseverance and the Mars helicopter are expected to reach the Red Planet on February …

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NASA pushes back launch of Perseverance rover… again

June 25th, 2020

NASA has delayed the launch of its Mars 2020 mission which includes the Perseverance rover until July 22nd. The mission was pushed back due to issues with the ground equipment at Kennedy Space Center, NASA says. The mission could launch as late as mid-August, NASA says, and still be on track for a landing on …