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

NASA’s Perseverance rover begins key search for life on Mars

Perseverance arrived at the base of an ancient river delta on Mars in April.Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech More than fifteen months after landing in Jezero Crater on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover has finally begun its hunt for ancient life in earnest. On 28 May, Perseverance ground a 5-centimeter-wide circular patch into a rock at the … Read more

Perseverance rover on Mars picks rocks to shoot with laser

NASA is hailing the Perseverance rover’s improved ability to pick its own targets as a way of speeding up science on Mars. Without explicit direction from Earth, the Perseverance rover zapped two rock targets with its SuperCam instrument on Sol 442 (May 18) to learn more about their elemental compositions, mission scientists said in an … Read more

Our Mars rover mission was suspended because of the Ukraine war — here’s what we’re hoping for next

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Andrew Coates (opens in new tab)Professor of Physics, Deputy Director (Solar System) at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL Just a few months ago, we were confidently expecting to launch our … Read more

Perseverance Mars rover figures out how devils and winds fill the Red Planet’s skies with dust

Large amounts of dust that help give the Red Planet Mars its butterscotch-pink sky is being blown into the atmosphere by whirling dust devils and occasional but powerful gusts of wind, NASA’s Perseverance rover has found. “The taste-driven lifting that Perseverance has detected in Jezero crater are the first really definitive dust-lifting event that we’ve … 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

NASA’s InSight rover nears end of scientific life but the work is just beginning – Pasadena Star News

Since landing on Mars in late 2018, NASA’s InSight Mars lander has paved the way for groundbreaking discoveries that will be studied for decades, according to a team of researchers heading the interplanetary expedition. But the rover is gradually losing power, forcing scientists to prepare for the sunset of their mission sometime this summer. Using … Read more

Mars helicopter Ingenuity scouts rocky ridge for Perseverance rover

As NASA’s Martian helicopter recovers from a communications glitch, data from a past flight is showing a Red Planet ridge in high definition. The Ingenuity helicopter captured the rocky outcrop, nicknamed “Fortun Ridge” after a parish in Norway, as part of its scouting mission for the Perseverance life-seeking rover. Ingenuity imaged the ridgeline on April … Read more

Water may have been on Mars much more recently than scientists thought, China’s rover suggests

Evidence is growing that Mars, now cold and dry, had liquid water running on its surface much more recently than previously thought. Scientists have long believed that March was wet about 3 billion years ago, during the planet’s Hesperian period, then lost much of its water. But the new study presents evidence of water activity … Read more