Mars

Astronauts could safely travel to Mars if the mission is short enough

Astronauts could safely travel to Mars if the mission is short enough

One of the biggest concerns with sending astronauts on deep-space missions is how well the astronauts will fare against the significantly greater radiation exposure. On earth and in orbit above the earth, the protective atmosphere of the planet shields astronauts from much of the exposure to radiation from the sun and other sources. As NASA and other space agencies gear up for missions to send humans to the surface of Mars for the first time, one of the key questions that needs to be answered is if traveling to Mars is safe for humans.

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China’s Zhurong rover mission has been extended

China’s Zhurong rover mission has been extended

China has been operating a rover on the surface of Mars since it landed on the Red Planet on May 14. The rover has now completed its primary mission after completing 90 Martian days, equating to about 92 days here on Earth. Each Martian day lasts about 24 hours and 40 minutes.

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NASA says Perseverance will try to drill another Mars sample this month

NASA says Perseverance will try to drill another Mars sample this month

Earlier this month, NASA attempted to drill and package a sample of material from the Martian surface using its Perseverance rover. Though everything seemed to go according to plan, further evaluation revealed that the sample collection tube was empty. Now, nearly two weeks later, the space agency is back with new plans.

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NASA highlights the changing Martian environment Curiosity is exploring

NASA highlights the changing Martian environment Curiosity is exploring

It may be a surprise to learn that NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring the Red Planet for nine years. Over the years, as the rover has been exploring Mars, it has encountered a vastly changing landscape. Curiosity is currently exploring Mount Sharp, a mountain standing five miles high inside the Gale Crater basin.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 12th flight puts a dozen on the books

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 12th flight puts a dozen on the books

Over the weekend, NASA was gearing up for the 12th flight for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. NASA planned for the flight to happen no earlier than Monday, August 16, on the 174th Martian sol. The flight plan saw the helicopter travel into the South Seitah region, which is the top yellow circle in the image below.

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First 3D printed simulated Mars surface habitat constructed

First 3D printed simulated Mars surface habitat constructed

There's lots to do ahead of future NASA crewed missions to Mars. One of the tasks NASA and its contractors are working on is a place for astronauts to live on the surface of Mars. Icon 3D has announced that it has 3D printed the first simulated Mars Surface Habitat. The habitat was designed by architecture from called BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

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NASA talks about the mysterious missing Perseverance rover sample

NASA talks about the mysterious missing Perseverance rover sample

Friday, August 6, was the very first attempt by the Perseverance rover to bore into the rocks on the surface of Mars and collect a sample. Everything went as planned when the commands were sent to the rover to collect its first sample. The drill bored into the rock to the desired depth and successfully moved the sample tube into the Adaptive Caching Assembly (ACA).

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NASA seeks applicants who will spend a year in a 3D printed ‘Mars’ habitat

NASA seeks applicants who will spend a year in a 3D printed ‘Mars’ habitat

NASA is seeking applicants who are willing to spend a year living in its 3D-printed Mars habitat analog simulation, the first of three planned analog missions intended to simulate what it would be like living in a similar structure on Mars. According to the space agency, these ground-based missions will help the agency mitigate potential issues that could arise during future space missions.

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NASA Perseverance rover fails first Mars rock sample drilling attempt

NASA Perseverance rover fails first Mars rock sample drilling attempt

NASA says that its Perseverance rover failed its first attempt to drill rock samples on Mars, an unexpected and disappointing outcome. NASA indicates that it believes future attempts will be successful, however, with the team behind the rover suspecting the issue is due to the rock itself, not Perseverance's hardware.

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NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

Using images captured by its Ingenuity helicopter during a complex flight on Mars, experts at NASA have generated a stereoscopic 3D photo that provides viewers with a more dynamic view of the Martian landscape. The image shows a particular Martian geologic feature NASA calls Raised Ridges, the data of which was captured by Ingenuity in late July.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has flown a total of one mile

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has flown a total of one mile

NASA's JPL is celebrating another successful flight for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The helicopter has now flown a total of one mile since its first flight. Its most recent test flight targeted an area known as "Raised Ridges."

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Mars’ massive dust storm in 2018 ended winter early

Mars’ massive dust storm in 2018 ended winter early

Scientists from the Royal Astronomical Society have released a new study investigating a gigantic dust storm that enveloped the entire planet of Mars in 2018. As the dust storm engulfed the entire planet, it destroyed a vortex of cold air around the planet's south pole, resulting in early spring in the hemisphere. While the dust storm destroyed the cold air vortex around the South Pole, it only resulted in minor distortions to the polar vortex in the northern hemisphere resulting in no dramatic seasonal changes.

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