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China’s lunar rover is awake again after an extended nap

March 7th, 2019

China’s space program is making big waves as of late, and its soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this year — a feat nobody else has accomplished — is the biggest feather in its cap yet. The country has already declared the mission a success, but it’s not done yet, and …

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NASA’s Curiosity rover is back to work after bizarre glitch

March 1st, 2019

NASA has had an interesting start to 2019 when it comes to its Mars rovers. Just days after having to declare the Opportunity rover dead due to a dust storm the year prior, NASA’s last functional Mars rover, Curiosity, entered “safe mode” due to an unexplained glitch. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory called the glitch a …

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NASA’s Opportunity rover is probably dead

February 13th, 2019

Many of NASA’s missions to explore and learn more about Mars have vastly exceeded expectations, and the Opportunity rover has long been its poster child. The rover, which was initially designed to last only three months after it touched down on the surface back in 2004. Instead, it spent a full decade and a half …

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NASA is sending a desperate message to wake up Opportunity on Mars

January 28th, 2019

Just last week NASA celebrated the beginning of the Opportunity rover’s 16th year on the Martian surface, but all is not well with the six-wheeled robot. Opportunity has been dead quiet for over six months after falling asleep in a planet-wide dust storm, and NASA is understandably concerned. The rover’s solar panels couldn’t gather the …