Mars

China shares footage of Zhurong rover landing process with sound

China shares footage of Zhurong rover landing process with sound

It's hard to explore other planets, which is why only a few nations on earth have ever done it. While NASA has multiple rovers on the surface of Mars and has for years, China landed its first rover on the Red Planet this year. China has now released landing process footage from the rover and video and sounds of the vehicle cruising around on Mars.

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NASA details how the Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie on the Red Planet

NASA details how the Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie on the Red Planet

NASA has several Mars missions going on right now, and the most recent is the Perseverance Mars rover. The mission of Perseverance has gone very well and has included successful test flights of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter, one of the cooler things that Perseverance is done so far is take a selfie on the Red Planet. When people take selfies here on Earth, it's a quick snap and done, but it's not so easy on Mars.

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Mars may have more water than scientists thought

Mars may have more water than scientists thought

Data showed that there are subsurface lakes on Mars back in 2018. That data came from an ESA spacecraft called Mars Express. The spacecraft shot radar signals at the surface of the Red Planet, and the data gathered showed that the South Pole of the planet appeared to have liquid subsurface Lakes. Since 2018, follow-up studies have revealed what are believed to be additional subsurface lakes on Mars.

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NASA outline a larger helicopter for future Mars missions

NASA outline a larger helicopter for future Mars missions

NASA has had impressive success with the Ingenuity helicopter that's been testing on the surface of Mars for weeks now. With the success of the Ingenuity helicopter, NASA engineers are already looking at concepts for larger and more capable rotorcraft that could be used for future missions.

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Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

NASA JPL has shared a tweet with a selfie taken by the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter. The picture was snapped during the helicopter's eighth test flight on Monday of this week. While NASA isn't sharing a wealth of details about the eighth test flight, what it has said is that the helicopter flew for 77.4 seconds over a distance of 160 meters.

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Rocket Lab wins NASA Mars spacecraft deal to prove its cost theory

Rocket Lab wins NASA Mars spacecraft deal to prove its cost theory

Rocket Lab is building two Mars spacecraft for NASA, with the two unmanned Photon probes headed to the red planet to not only do research but also demonstrate the practicality of more affordable space tech. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission is currently scheduled to launch in 2024, hitching a ride aboard a NASA-provided commercial launch vehicle.

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China releases new Mars rover selfie on the red planet

China releases new Mars rover selfie on the red planet

China's space agency has released new images taken by its Mars rover, including a panorama of the landing site where Zhurong first touched down on the red planet. The images include a selfie of the rover, which the China National Space Administration (CNSA) took using a special, detachable camera.

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NASA Perseverance rover kicks off its first big Mars science project

NASA Perseverance rover kicks off its first big Mars science project

NASA's Perseverance rover has left its landing site and is officially starting its scientific mission, according to the space agency. Until June 1, which is when the rover left the Octavia E. Butler landing site, NASA's Perseverance team spent their time testing the rover's various systems and using the rover as part of its Ingenuity helicopter test flights.

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New York Times accidentally posts article about watermelons on Mars

New York Times accidentally posts article about watermelons on Mars

Yesterday, June 8, The New York Times briefly published a story titled 'Fields of Watermelons Found On Mars, Police Say.' The article was soon removed, but not before a number of people found it, archived it, and speculated about what it meant. The article's page has since been replaced with an error notice alerting readers that the article was published by mistake -- and, yes, the content was entirely fake.

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Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes its seventh flight

Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes its seventh flight

NASA JPL is celebrating the successful completion of another flight for the Ingenuity Mars helicopter. The tweet announced that the seventh flight had been completed overall, which is also the second flight for operations during the demo phase for the helicopter. During its seventh flight, the helicopter flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled approximately 106 meters south.

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander just gave itself a dust bath

NASA’s InSight Mars lander just gave itself a dust bath

NASA's InSight lander is giving itself an unexpected shower, taking advantage of Mars soil for a counter-intuitive way to clear off its solar panels for a much-needed recharge. The lander - which has been on the red planet since late 2018 - relies on solar power to operate its scientific instruments, but a build-up of dirt on the panels has made that an increasing challenge.

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NASA shares 3D video of Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight

NASA shares 3D video of Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight

Anyone who's been following NASA's Mars missions will be interested to hear that the space agency has shared a new video of the third Ingenuity Mars Helicopter test flight. The third test flight happened on April 25, and the Perseverance rover captured video footage of the flight. NASA says that its engineers have now rendered the flight in 3D, giving it "dramatic depth."

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