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NASA narrows down Mars 2020 rover name to 9 finalists

January 22nd, 2020

In case you haven’t been paying much attention to NASA’s plans for 2020, let me get you up to speed on what is probably the most exciting mission happening this year: NASA is launching another rover to Mars this summer. Right now, it’s called the Mars 2020 rover, which is pretty darn boring. It needs …

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Here’s what a NASA Moon lander might look like

November 26th, 2019

NASA wants to send humans back to the Moon, and it hopes to achieve that goal by 2024. Whether or not such a mission is possible on such an abbreviated timeline remains to be seen, but the space agency is slowly moving forward with its lunar exploration projects and just offered the world a glimpse …

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Japan’s asteroid probe just fired a rover at space rock Ryugu

October 3rd, 2019

The Hayabusa2 probe arrived at the space rock known as Ryugu in June of last year. It was launched by Japan’s space agency JAXA, and during its many months in orbit around the asteroid it’s accomplished a lot. It’s taken photos, fired projectiles into the rock, and snatched samples that will eventually be studied back …

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Watch NASA scientists pretend the Australian Outback is Mars

August 24th, 2019

Next year is going to be a pretty big deal for scientists studying Mars, with both NASA’s Mars 2020 mission and the ExoMars rover mission kicking off in the summer. NASA, the European Space Agency, and Russia’s Roscosmos are all doing their best to plan for the landing of their respective rovers, and they recently …

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Europe’s new Mars rover has alien-hunting eyes

August 21st, 2019

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is inching toward its eventual launch in July of next year, but it’s not the only rover that has an upcoming date with the Red Planet. The ExoMars program, which is a joint venture between the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos, is expected to launch a new mission at around …

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NASA went to Iceland and pretended it was Mars

August 15th, 2019

The scheduled launch date of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is rapidly approaching, and with less than a year to go, it’s truly crunch time for NASA and its partners. Testing strategies for Mars exploration might seem impossible here on Earth, but our planet does indeed have some terrain that is comparable to what NASA’s rovers …

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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover just had an eye exam

August 7th, 2019

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is now less than one year away from finally being shot skyward toward the Red Planet, and NASA engineers are hard at work, ensuring all the spacecraft’s systems function as intended. In a new blog post by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the agency reveals that the high-tech rover just passed a …