Mars

These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

NASA has detailed the advanced cameras that will give the Perseverance rover its "eyes" on Mars, a huge step up from previous Martian robots, as it readies the lab-on-wheels for its big trip to the red planet. If all goes to plan, NASA intends to launch Perseverance sometime in late July or early August of this year.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets its official name – and it’s perfect

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets its official name – and it’s perfect

NASA's Mars Helicopter has been given its name, as the cuboid aircraft prepares to hitch a ride to the red planet with the new Perseverance rover. Set to make the first powered flight on another planet, the helicopter will be used to gain new aerial insights into the Martian surface over the course of a Mars month.

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NASA shows how the Mars Curiosity team manages the rover from home

NASA shows how the Mars Curiosity team manages the rover from home

While one team at NASA works hard to prepare for the upcoming launch of the space agency's new Perseverance rover, another continues to manage NASA's existing Curiosity Mars rover mission...from home. The change in the workplace is the result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced huge numbers of people to work in isolation from home. NASA recently shared some images of its Curiosity team's new offices.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover gets its record-setting cargo

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover gets its record-setting cargo

NASA's Mars Helicopter has been attached to the Perseverance Mars rover, the latest in a series of milestones ahead of it joining Curiosity on the red planet - and hopefully setting a record while it's there. The centerpiece of Mars 2020, Perseverance has a long trip to get to its new home, but it may be the very final approach that is the most dramatic.

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NASA’s Perseverance rover gets parachute and off-road wheels

NASA’s Perseverance rover gets parachute and off-road wheels

NASA has announced that as part of its final assembly of the Perseverance rover, its team has installed the parachute, off-road wheels, and air brakes. The wheels are machined from flight-grade aluminum, according to NASA, which used titanium for the spokes. The parachute, meanwhile, will be used to slow down the rover on its descent to the Red Planet's surface when it arrives early next year.

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NASA attaches Send Your Name placard to Perseverance Rover

NASA attaches Send Your Name placard to Perseverance Rover

NASA ran the "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign inviting people from around the world to submit their names to hitch a ride to Mars aboard the new Perseverance Rover. Nearly 11 million people submitted their names, and all the names were stenciled by an electron beam onto a trio of fingernail-sized silicon chips. Also stenciled on the chips were essays from 155 finalists in NASA's "Name the Rover" contest.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

Last week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA wrapped up what it says was 'important testing' involving the small helicopter that will be shipped with its Perseverance Mars rover next year. This was the last time the helicopter's rotor blades will spin until the vehicle arrives on the Martian surface, where NASA hopes to operate the first-ever aircraft on a planet other than Earth.

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The NASA Orion spacecraft just hit a huge milestone

The NASA Orion spacecraft just hit a huge milestone

NASA's Orion spacecraft has held up to huge extremes of temperature and more, acing its testing at one of the US space agency's most impressive facilities, as the capsule prepares to head to the Moon. The test process took four months, a vital safety precaution ahead of the Artemis I mission. Success there paves the way for NASA's manned mission to Mars.

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Curiosity rover’s incredible March selfie marks new record trip on Mars

Curiosity rover’s incredible March selfie marks new record trip on Mars

NASA has shared an incredible new Curiosity rover selfie that marks its latest record-breaking activity on Mars. According to the space agency, Curiosity recently -- and quite successfully -- trekked up an incredibly steep part of the Martian landscape called the Greenheugh Pediment. The rover paused only to capture a selfie to commemorate the moment, one that features the entire rover and quite a bit of red landscape.

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NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover is reaching pre-launch milestones almost daily

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover is reaching pre-launch milestones almost daily

NASA set to launch the next rover that will cruise the surface of Mars and gather data and information for scientists back on Earth. The rover is called the Mars Perseverance Rover, and its launch window opens in a little less than four months. The rover is a six-wheeled device, and NASA says that it is reaching significant pre-launch milestones almost daily.

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ESA and Roscosmos delay ExoMars rover mission to 2022

ESA and Roscosmos delay ExoMars rover mission to 2022

The European Space Agency has announced that its ExoMars mission has been postponed until 2022. The decision was made based on recommendations from a team tasked with determining what all still needs to be done in order to get launch authorization. Put simply, more time is needed to complete all of the tests necessary for the Mars spacecraft to be launched.

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ESA: We’re going to Mars in 2022, but better this time

ESA: We’re going to Mars in 2022, but better this time

Among the rabble of COVID-19 panic articles in the news today, the ESA's announcement of a set date for Mars travel almost seems like satire. The date announcement is actually a postponement of a previously announced date for the ESA's next journey to Mars. This is the second mission window for the next launch of the ESA's ExoMars mission, a mission that's already in progress.

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