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Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

NASA has announced that the Perseverance rover has completed testing the instruments on its robotic arm and is ready to get down to business. That business will see Perseverance testing rocks and dust for evidence of past life on the surface of the Red Planet. The rover has a seven-foot-long mechanical arm that has several instruments attached to the end.

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Curiosity rover might be sitting on top of methane-producing microbes

Curiosity rover might be sitting on top of methane-producing microbes

Scientists are eager to look for any form of life on the surface of Mars. The consensus is that sometime in the distant past, Mars may have been hospitable to life of some type. Some also believe that Mars might currently harbor microbial life and point to increased levels of methane seen in some areas as proof.

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NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA has announced that it will be holding a briefing on early science discoveries from the Perseverance Mars Rover next week. The virtual media briefing will take place at 1 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 21. At the briefing, NASA will discuss early science results from the Perseverance Mars Rover, among other topics.

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Here’s why NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is Perseverance’s best friend

Here’s why NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is Perseverance’s best friend

NASA's Perseverance rover may plot a scientific course that previously might have been deemed too risky, with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter providing mission control with unexpected insight from the sky. Though Ingenuity has only flown nine missions so far - albeit groundbreaking experiments in their own right - the photography gathered by the helicopter is proving vital for making the most of Perseverance's time on the red planet.

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Curiosity rover discovers brine erased some rock records in Gale Crater

Curiosity rover discovers brine erased some rock records in Gale Crater

NASA's Curiosity rover is currently conducting science operations on the surface of the Red Planet in Gale Crater. Scientists have long believed that this crater was once an ancient lake, and many of the rocks Curiosity is rolling over were once sediments at the bottom of that lake. A new study was published this week that helps to add to the understanding of where the rock record preserved or destroyed evidence of a moist past on the surface of Mars and potential signs of ancient life.

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NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA has announced that Ingenuity, its small Martian helicopter, successfully passed its ninth and most challenging flight thus far, marking a new milestone for the surprisingly capable vehicle. Unlike past flights, NASA used the most recent flight to pit Ingenuity against "challenging terrain," not to mention the ample distance traveled.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter celebrates a successful ninth flight

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter celebrates a successful ninth flight

NASA JPL is celebrating the ninth successful flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The successful flight was celebrated with a tweet on July 5, along with some mission details. The flight is described as its most challenging yet seeing Ingenuity in the air for 166.4 seconds.

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ESA completes the first ExoMars high-altitude parachute drop test

ESA completes the first ExoMars high-altitude parachute drop test

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that it has completed the first high-altitude drop test for the ExoMars parachute system. The successful test was completed after delays due to several weeks of bad weather and strong winds. ESA conducted a pair of drop tests in Kiruna, Sweden. The agency reports that the large 15 meter-wide first stage main parachute performed flawlessly at supersonic speeds.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will soon conduct its ninth flight

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will soon conduct its ninth flight

NASA JPL recently gave up some information about plans for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's ninth flight. The flight was expected to occur no earlier than yesterday, July 4, 2021. NASA JPL outlined some of the limits that it intends to push on that ninth flight in a tweet published late last week.

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Perseverance rover conducts its first AutoNav drive

Perseverance rover conducts its first AutoNav drive

Since the Perseverance rover landed on Mars, it has been driven around the planet's surface by a driver working on earth. The drivers, such as the one pictured in the image below, wear special 3D glasses to allow them to see obstacles rover needs to avoid better as the rover cruises across the surface of the Red Planet. However, NASA designed Perseverance to be more autonomous than past rovers.

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NASA is hard at work on the Martian methane mystery

NASA is hard at work on the Martian methane mystery

There are numerous mysteries on Mars that scientists from around the world are working to solve. One of the most tantalizing of those mysteries is reports of methane detection on the Red Planet. Here on Earth, significant amounts of methane is produced by microbes helping livestock digest plants. The digestion process ends with livestock exhaling gas into the air.

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ESA leverages spacecraft “housekeeping” data to learn more about cosmic rays

ESA leverages spacecraft “housekeeping” data to learn more about cosmic rays

The ESA has reported it is using data originally gathered for what it terms spacecraft "housekeeping" gathered aboard the Rosetta and Mars Express missions to learn more about cosmic rays. Cosmic rays are bursts of high-energy radiation, and the data gathered by the spacecraft helps scientists understand how cosmic rays behave at Mars and in the inner solar system. The housekeeping data gathered by the spacecraft and its components is typically used by engineering teams to monitor the health of the spacecraft and diagnose faults.

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