Mars

The Mars Ingenuity helicopter is on borrowed time as it endures the winter

For the first time, the Ingenuity team on Earth lost contact with Ingenuity on floors 427 and 428, or Martian days that correspond to May 3 and 4. The small helicopter’s engineers spent a week investigating what could have caused the communication failure. The team discovered that the loss of contact occurred because Ingenuity experienced …

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Scientists announce breakthrough in determining origin of life on Earth and possibly Mars

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public domain Scientists from the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution announced today that ribonucleic acid (RNA), an analog of DNA that was likely the first genetic material of life, forms spontaneously on basalt lava glass. This glass was abundant on Earth 4.35 billion years ago. Similar basalts from this antiquity survive on Mars …

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NASA’s Mars MAVEN spacecraft spent 3 months on the brink of disaster

A daunting three-hour presentation to NASA management on the future of the MAVEN Mars orbiter was supposed to be the biggest challenge for the mission team earlier this year. But just as the presentation was going smoothly on Earth, the spacecraft itself was in serious trouble millions of miles away. As she finished leading the …

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NASA Starliner Solar Sail CAPSTONE

This week @NASA: historic Starliner test mission, solar sail, record-breaking helicopter flight to Mars

A commercial crew spacecraft historical test mission … Recognize leadership of our[{” attribute=””>James Webb Space Telescope team … And a small spacecraft prepares for a unique mission around the Moon … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Historic Boeing CST-100 Starliner test mission “Approaching the International Space …

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This is the last time we'll ever see a selfie from NASA's InSight lander on Mars. And judging by the amount of dust coating the lander's solar panels, it's easy to see why.

The Mars lander’s last selfie on the Red Planet shows why its mission is ending

This is the last we will see a selfie of NASA’s InSight lander on Mars. And judging by the amount of dust covering the lander’s solar panels, it’s easy to see why. (NASA, JPL-Caltech) Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes PASADENA, Calif. — This is the last we’ll see a selfie of NASA’s InSight lander on …

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NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Record Flight

Watch spectacular video of NASA’s record-breaking Ingenuity Mars helicopter flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completed a record-breaking 25th flight on April 8, 2022. The rotorcraft’s onboard navigation camera captured its longest, fastest flight to date on the Red Planet. The helicopter traveled 2,310 feet (704 meters) at a top speed of 12 mph (5.5 meters per second). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Further and faster than ever The …

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