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China’s Mars mission is ready for launch

July 21st, 2020

China’s space agency is scheduled to launch its first Mars rover mission this week. The Tianwen-1 mission will include both a Mars orbiter as well as a lander and rover. The mission is slated to arrive at Mars in February 2021, which is the same timeframe in which NASA’s Perseverance rover is scheduled to arrive. …

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NASA’s Curiosity rover is on a road trip

July 10th, 2020

NASA is sending its Curiosity rover on a journey to a new area of Mount Sharp, the massive peak that sits in the center of the Gale Crater. The journey is short by Earth standards at just over a mile, but it’ll be a big accomplishment for the aging robot. When the rover arrives at …

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Mars rover spots Earth from a distance

June 16th, 2020

NASA’s Curiosity rover took a photo of the night sky and managed to spot both Earth and Venus. Curiosity is aging, but it’s still going strong and continues to make new discoveries on Mars. The Perseverance rover will arrive on Mars in 2021. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has delivered some gorgeous images of the Red …

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NASA pushes back Mars 2020 launch date

June 12th, 2020

NASA has been forced to delay the launch of its Mars Perseverance rover mission, but only by a few days. The agency, which promised the novel coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t impact the Mars 2020 mission, says it has to perform some repairs on the rover’s ground system equipment.  The mission is now scheduled to launch on …

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NASA’s new Mars rover has ridiculous vision

April 13th, 2020

NASA’s Perseverance rover is equipped with a suite of imaging tools that will help it navigate and study the landscape of Mars. A total of five visual instruments are installed on the rover’s head, each with a role to play.  The Mars 2020 mission is still slated to launch this summer, despite the coronavirus pandemic. …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover will carry a secret message to Mars

April 1st, 2020

NASA hid a coded message on its Mars Perseverance rover, and internet sleuths quickly picked up on it.  On the aluminum plate attached to the rover, an etching of the Sun includes “rays” that are actually morse code.  The message reads “Explore As One.”  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover now has 10.9 million names on it

March 27th, 2020

NASA just added over 10 million names to the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.  The names were collected as part of NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign which asked the public to send in their names to be part of the mission.  The names are etched into three small chips that are attached to the …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is coming together, virus or no virus

March 20th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, is coming together ahead of its expected launch to the Red Planet in July of this year.  The mission is still on schedule despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and though it’s still possible that that could change.  Among other tasks, the rover will gather material samples from the planet’s surface …


The Mars 2020 rover finally has a name

March 6th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is one of the agency’s most ambitious yet, but the rover that will be the star of the show has lived its entire life inside of NASA’s facilities without a name. Now, after a months-long contest where K-12 students could submit their own name suggestions, the robot formerly known as “the …

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NASA needs your help to design a Venus rover

February 24th, 2020

NASA does its best to involve the public in its various projects and missions, probably because it knows how much we all love science and space, but when it comes to actually design the hardware that will go on to explore other worlds, those jobs are usually kept in-house. That trend might be changing with …