NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Ingenuity Was Supposed to Have Only 5 Flights. Watch Its Glorious 25th Flight on Mars!

When Mars helicopter Ingenuity was packed off on a one-way trip to the red planet, its engineers had a plan for five flights. That didn’t mean more flights were not on the cards; in fact, it’s normal for NASA’s spacecraft mission parameters to be set conservatively. But late last year, NASA extended the mission indefinitely, … Read more

Dusty InSight Mars Lander Takes Its Final Selfie | Smart News

InSight’s final selfie, taken in April 2022. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA’s InSight Mars lander has taken what will likely be its final selfie on the Red Planet. The photo shows a mounting layer of Martian dust that’s engulfing its solar panels, forcing the robot to end its exploratory mission. The space agency shared InSight’s … Read more

Did NASA Just Find A Mysterious Doorway On Mars? All You Need To Know

Last week NASAs Curiosity rover took a photo which appeared to show a doorway on Mars Sydney: For the past ten years, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been trundling around the surface of Mars, taking photos in its quest to understand the history and geology of the red planet and perhaps even find signs of life. … Read more

Nasa’S Curiosity Rover Finds A Mysterious Doorway On Mars, Spark Speculations

For the past ten years, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been trundling around the surface of Mars, taking photos in its quest to understand the history and geology of the red planet and perhaps even find signs of life. Last week it took a photo that appeared to show a doorway carved into the rock. It’s … Read more

Largest Marsquake Ever Recorded May Be InSight’s Swan Song

On May 4, three-and-a-half years into its mission, NASA’s InSight lander recorded the largest “marsquake” ever detected. The magnitude 5.0 quake was nearly 10 times more powerful than the previous record-holding Red Planet quake, reaching the upper limits of what NASA geologists had dreamed of finding on Mars. And it may prove to be the … Read more

Scientists Think They Know What Causes Mars’s Planet-Encompassing Dust Storms

Mars is well-known for its seasonal dust storms, which can sometimes grow to encompass the entire planet. In June 2018, the dust storms became so severe that they obscured most of the planet’s surface, causing NASA to lose contact with Opportunity, which eventually proved fatal to the record-breaking rover. Understanding these storms and what causes … Read more

Mars Has Auroras Without a Global Magnetic Field, And We Finally Know How

Earth’s auroras are a glorious wonder, but our planet isn’t the only place in the Solar System where these phenomena can be found. An atmospheric glow, albeit sometimes in invisible wavelengths, has been spotted at every planet except Mercury, and even some moons of Jupiter … and even a comet. But Mars is where it … Read more

These Videos From a Space Probe Flying Past The Sun Are Truly Out of This World

A spacecraft looping around the Sun has made its first close approach – and filmed the encounter in glorious detail. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter entered the close encounter, known as perihelion, on March 26, coming in at a distance of about 48 million kilometers (30 million miles), inside the orbit of Mercury. … Read more

NASA Announces InSight Lander on Mars May Only Have a Few Months Left

The InSight Mars lander will cease science operations sometime in the next few months due to a decreasing power supply, mission managers said at a news conference on May 17. Martian dust covering the solar panels has reduced the amount of power to roughly 500 watt-hours per Mars day or sol. When InSight landed in … Read more