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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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Organic molecules discovered on Mars are consistent with early life

Organic molecules discovered on Mars are consistent with early life

The curiosity rover found something that some researchers believe is consistent with the presence of early life on Mars. What the rover found was a compound called thiophene, an organic compound found on Earth in coal, crude oil, and white truffles. Thiophenes were discovered on Mars, and a researcher from Washington State University called Dirk Schulze-Makuch believes that the presence of the substance on Mars is consistent with the presence of early life on the Red Planet.

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NASA reveals the official name of its Mars 2020 rover

NASA reveals the official name of its Mars 2020 rover

As first promised earlier this week, NASA has officially announced the name for the rover it has thus far referred to as 'Mars 2020.' Going forward -- and in keeping with the trend established by its past Martian rovers -- this new rover is named 'Perseverance,' and it'll launch for the Red Planet later this year. The winner of the rover naming contest was a middle school student from Virginia.

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NASA Curiosity rover captures massive 1.8 billion-pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity rover captures massive 1.8 billion-pixel Mars panorama

NASA has shared the highest-resolution panoramic image ever captured by its Curiosity Mars rover. At 1.8 billion pixels, this panorama provides an unprecedented look across the Martian surface, revealing regions that include the rim of the Gale Crater in which Curiosity is located, as well as the Slangpos Crater, the Vera Rubin Ridge, Upper Mount Sharpe, the Central Butte, and more.

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NASA Mars 2020 rover’s name will be revealed live on March 5

NASA Mars 2020 rover’s name will be revealed live on March 5

Later this week, NASA will conduct a live event during which it will announce the official name of the Mars rover that will launch later this year. Until now, NASA has referred to this machine as the Mars 2020 rover, but we've known for quite a while that this is only a temporary placeholder. The space agency recently held a contest in which it invited students in the US to contribute name suggestions.

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InSight Mars lander detects strange magnetic pulses from ancient rocks

InSight Mars lander detects strange magnetic pulses from ancient rocks

Half a dozen research papers detailing findings from the first year of the Mars InSight lander's time on the Red Planet were published today. According to NASA, this research covers a number of topics, including 'strange magnetic pulses,' marsquakes, and dust devils, as well as a shallow crater found in the Martian region Elysium Planitia.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter update will improve its battery usage

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter update will improve its battery usage

The NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is going to be on a bit of a vacation from its science mission and relay operations while engineers on Earth conduct maintenance. The maintenance work is expected to last about two weeks. During that time, other orbiters will continue relaying data from the surface of Mars for the Curiosity rover and Mars InSight lander.

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NASA talks SuperCam that will head to Mars aboard the Mars 2020 rover

NASA talks SuperCam that will head to Mars aboard the Mars 2020 rover

NASA is taking up the new instrument that it will be sending to Mars aboard the Mars 2020 rover. The rover is set to launch this summer, and the instrument that NASA is talking about is the SuperCam. That camera is designed to shoot a laser at rocks from about 20 feet away to vaporize some of the rock.

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