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News Archive / Tagged: Mars

  • Ingenuity helicopter deployed onto the Martian surface

    Cullen DesforgesApril 5th, 2021

    NASA’s first interplanetary helicopter has touched the surface of Mars for the first time after being deployed from underneath the Perseverance rover.

  • Mars and Titan: Two very different potentially habitable worlds

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 23rd, 2021

    Mars and Saturn’s moon Titan are at the forefront of the search for habitable solar system worlds, but they are very different from one another in terms of the presence of liquid, temperature variations, and the presence of organic compounds, planetary scientist Vincent Chevrier of the University of Arkansas noted in a March 12 online […]

  • Perseverance rover begins driving across the surface of Mars

    Cullen DesforgesMarch 13th, 2021

    In the weeks since Perseverance landed on Mars, the images, science and sounds that have come from the mission have proven to be groundbreaking.

  • Perseverance rover transmits ‘iconic’ video from Mars

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2021

    NASA has released never-before-seen video from Mars — the highly-anticipated views of the Perseverance rover from multiple entry, descent and landing cameras.

  • Touchdown confirmed!: Perseverance rover lands on Mars

    Cullen DesforgesFebruary 18th, 2021

    After a long flight originating in Florida, Mars has gained another robot resident with NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landing in Jezero crater.

  • Perseverance rover launches on its journey to explore Mars

    Matt HaskellJuly 30th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – At 7:50 a.m. EDT, the ULA Atlas V rocket lifted off on its journey to Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover, and Ingenuity helicopter.

  • Perseverance mission scientist outlines rover’s instruments, mission

    Laurel KornfeldJune 23rd, 2020

    One month before the scheduled launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover, Roger Wiens, who serves as both principal investigator of its SuperCam laser instrument and as co-investigator of its SHERLOC team, discussed the mission’s science instruments and its purpose in a virtual webinar presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

  • Curiosity mission team operates rover from home

    Jim SharkeyMay 13th, 2020

    While the majority of scientists and engineers who work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California are currently off-site, that doesn’t mean that their work supporting interplanetary missions has ground to a halt.

  • Mars’ magnetic field is 10 times stronger than previously thought

    Laurel KornfeldApril 14th, 2020

    Data collected by NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander on Mars has surprised scientists by indicating the Red Planet has a magnetic field 10 times stronger than previously suspected.

  • Launch of Shijian 20 lights up Chinese skies and exploration ambitions

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 28th, 2019

    China has big plans for its space program. But before it can achieve them, it needed to make sure a key launch vehicle was up to the task. A recent mission suggests that it is.

  • This Bud’s for you! SpaceX sends ‘King of Beers’ to orbit on CRS-19

    Jim SiegelDecember 5th, 2019

    Propellant? Check. Science experiments? Check. Hardware? Check. Budweiser? Checkity-check!

  • Motel Rooms and Gas Stations: How to Leave Mars

    Jay GallentineOctober 24th, 2019

    One day in the future, humans might actually land on the surface of Mars. After collecting rock samples, taking photos and performing all the other tasks demanded by this mission, the intrepid explorers will then face a daunting challenge, one often overlooked by most - leaving.

  • Curiosity rover marks seven years of Martian exploration

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 9th, 2019

    Seven years after successfully completing a difficult landing maneuver onto the floor of Mars' Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity rover continues to make pioneering discoveries on the Red Planet.

  • Mars 2020 rover makes ‘pit stop’ at JPL

    Jim SharkeyJuly 19th, 2019

    The launch window for NASA's Mars 2020 rover opens in just under a year, and engineers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have been hard at work assembling the vehicle in the clean room of JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility. As one might imagine getting a vehicle prepped for such a massive undertaking - is a group effort.

  • Mars 2020 rover get rock-zapping SuperCam

    Jim SharkeyJuly 4th, 2019

    With its scheduled launch date just over a year away, work on NASA's Mars 2020 rover continues apace. In recent weeks, the rover has received MastCam-Z, its legs and wheels and its main robotic arm. and now one of the "big guns" of its scientific suite has been added to the rover.