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China may have snapped the greatest Mars selfie ever

June 13th, 2021

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is well underway, with the Perseverance rover beginning its science phase and the Ingenuity helicopter having accomplished a lot in a very short period of time. But NASA wasn’t the only space agency sending new hardware to Mars, and China recently landed its own rover on the surface of the Red …

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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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Perseverance hits a huge milestone on Mars

June 2nd, 2021

Time flies when you’re on another planet. NASA’s Perseverance rover and the Mars Ingenuity helicopter have now both been on the Red Planet for a full 100 martian days. For a mission that is expected to last many years that might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the sheer amount of work that …

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Here’s how NASA will search for water on the Moon

May 24th, 2021

Earth’s Moon is tiny compared to our planet itself, but it’s big enough that our efforts to explore it have really only scratched the surface. Once thought to be little more than a pale, dusty, crater-covered rock, researchers have gradually revealed that the Moon is actually a pretty special place. Water, which isn’t something we …

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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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NASA’s Perseverance is dealing with ridiculous cold temperatures

April 8th, 2021

When you see images from the surface of Mars it looks a lot like deserts here on Earth. It’s dry and dusty and barren, and on Earth, we associate that kind of environment with extreme heat. On Mars, things are pretty much the exact opposite. The planet’s distance from the Sun combined with its barely-there …

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This Mars selfie from Curiosity is breathtaking

March 30th, 2021

If you’ve been reading about Mars lately it’s probably because of NASA’s newly-landed Perseverance rover. The shiny new robot is really something, and it’s packed with all kinds of awesome tools that will allow it to conduct science on the Red Planet that has never been possible before. That said, it’s not the only rover …

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NASA just released a Mars rover audio recording you need to hear

March 18th, 2021

NASA has had a consistent robotic presence on Mars for several decades now, and with each new generation of rovers, new discoveries become possible. The Perseverance rover that landed on Mars last month is the most capable piece of machinery ever sent to the Red Planet, and it’s helping NASA to see and hear things …

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The Perseverance rover just flexed for all the hot Martian babes

March 4th, 2021

NASA’s shiny new Perseverance rover has been hanging out on the Martian surface for about two weeks now. It hasn’t conducted much in the way of scientific observation, but that’s because it’s still waking up from the months-long, ice-cold nap that it took during the trip from Earth to the Red Planet. The rover appears …

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NASA’s new Mars rover is powered by a decades-old Mac chip

March 2nd, 2021

NASA’s new Perseverance rover has been on Mars for less than two weeks, but science fans are already chomping at the bit for any news they can get related to the mission. What will the new rover find? Will it be able to detect ancient organic compounds or possibly even signs of long-dead life forms? …