China’s Ambitious Plans in Space: The Moon, Mars and Beyond

China deployed a land rover on the surface of Mars on Saturday. The mission is one of many on its schedule as it challenges U.S. dominance of space exploration.

#china, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

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China Releases First Photos From Its Mars Lander

The country’s space agency said that the craft’s components, and those of the rover it would soon release, had “deployed in place normally.”

#china, #mars-planet, #space-and-astronomy

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What We Know About China’s Mars Rover Zhurong Landing

The announcement from state media suggests the country is now only the second country to put a working spacecraft on the Martian surface.

#china, #mars-planet, #space-and-astronomy, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

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China Will Land a Rover on Mars: Time and Streaming

China’s Tianwen-1 mission, orbiting the red planet since February, is expected to attempt a difficult landing of the Zhurong rover soon.

#china, #mars-planet, #space-and-astronomy, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

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NASA Mars Helicopter Makes One-Way Flight to New Mission

Ingenuity has flown almost flawlessly through the red planet’s thin air and will now assist the science mission of the Perseverance rover.

#helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Flies Again and Gets a New Mission

Ahead of a successful fourth flight, the agency announced that Ingenuity would continue to fly beyond its original monthlong mission.

#computers-and-the-internet, #helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #robots-and-robotics, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Makes Longest and Fastest Flight

Ingenuity made a 328-foot round-trip journey, helping to demonstrate the capability of the vehicle’s navigation system.

#helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Takes Second Flight

The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity flew higher and longer in its second flight on Mars.

#engineering-and-engineers, #helicopters, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA Mars Helicopter’s Flight: Livestream, Date and Time

The experimental Ingenuity vehicle is expected to complete a short but historic up-and-down flight on Monday morning.

#computers-and-the-internet, #helicopters, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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A 5 O’Clock Shuttle to Mars?

Diana Trujillo, a NASA flight director, discusses the future of space travel and the search for signs of life on the red planet.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #trujillo-diana

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Prepares for Its First Flight Date

The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity traveled to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which is also preparing for its main science mission.

#helicopters, #ingenuity, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.

Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.

#geology, #mars-planet, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #water

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Watch SpaceX’s Starship Test Launch

Two earlier high-altitude flights of the Starship spacecraft crashed spectacularly after successful liftoffs.

#maezawa-yusaku, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #space-and-astronomy

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Once Upon a Time on Mars

A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.

#jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #robots-and-robotics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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‘Dare Mighty Things’

We the people need to take more control of how we move into the brave new worlds beyond our planet.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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NASA’s Mars Parachute Had a Hidden Code. Meet the People Who Cracked It.

Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.

#cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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Can You Believe This Is Happening in America?

We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #global-warming, #mars-planet, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wind-power

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Watch Video From NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

Since arriving safely on Thursday, the spacecraft has been steadily transmitting visual files and other data back to Earth.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Photos Show NASA Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

Scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer.

#jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars to Renew Search for Extinct Life

Perseverance’s arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.

#helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Mars Rover Landing: Launch Time, Streaming and Details

The Perseverance rover will attempt to touch down in one piece on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA Will Listen for Thumps on Mars From Perseverance Rover’s Arrival

Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.

#earthquakes, #geology, #mars-planet, #mars-insight-spacecraft, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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What NASA’s Perseverance Rover Hopes to Find on Mars

Our early days on Earth have almost entirely disappeared, but on Mars, the past is entombed.

#earth, #mars-planet, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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China’s Mars Mission Is Up Next to Orbit the Red Planet

The Tianwen-1 mission is scheduled to be the second of three new visitors to Mars this month.

#china, #mars-planet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

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Mars Mission From U.A.E. to Arrive and Orbit Red Planet

The Hope spacecraft will fire its engines on Tuesday, aiming to be grappled by the planet’s gravity and begin its atmospheric science studies.

#emirates-mars-mission, #mars-planet, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-arab-emirates

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Missions to Mars, the Moon and Beyond Await Earth in 2021

Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.

#astrobotic-technology-inc, #china, #emirates-mars-mission, #international-space-station, #intuitive-machines-llc, #james-webb-space-telescope, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tianwen-1-mars-mission, #travel-and-vacations, #united-arab-emirates

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SpaceX’s Starship Launches and Explodes in Crash Landing

The company described the test of the next-generation spacecraft as “awesome” even though it ended in a fiery blast.

#mars-planet, #musk-elon, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #texas

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Signs of Recent Volcanic Eruption on Mars Hint at Habitats for Life

Not thought to be volcanically active, Mars may have experienced an eruption just 53,000 years ago.

#icarus-journal, #mars-planet, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #volcanoes

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These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals

An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

#bacteria, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #mines-and-mining, #moon, #rare-earths, #space-and-astronomy

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How to See the Halloween Blue Moon (and Uranus!) With Your Kids

“The Uranus jokes never end,” an astronomer said.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #milky-way-galaxy, #moon, #planets, #saturn-planet, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #uranus-planet, #venus-planet

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The Good News About What Human Genius Can Still Do

There’s something uniquely compelling about our need to learn what we can about the universe.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #emirates-mars-mission, #griffin-michael-d, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stonehenge-england

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Too Much Mars? Let’s Discuss Other Worlds

Two veteran space journalists discuss why so much attention and budget seems to be directed to the red planet.

#jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #saturn-planet, #science-and-technology, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet

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To Land Perseverance Rover in One Piece, NASA Made Improvements

The United States has an unparalleled record of success on the red planet’s surface, but NASA’s engineers aren’t resting on their laurels.

#accidents-and-safety, #mars-planet, #perseverance-mars-rover, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Launch: When to Watch

The third and final mission to the red planet of the month will lift off on Thursday.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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Why NASA Picked Jezero Crater for the Perseverance Rover

Jezero crater, the destination of the Perseverance rover, is a promising place to look for evidence of extinct Martian life.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #geology, #grotzinger-john-p, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #names-geographical, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nevada, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #science-and-technology, #smith-bradford-a, #space-and-astronomy

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Bringing Mars Rocks to Earth: Our Greatest Interplanetary Circus Act

NASA and the European Space Agency plan to toss rocks from one spacecraft to another before the samples finally land on Earth in 2031.

#european-space-agency, #geology, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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Coming of Age on Mars

In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.

#books-and-literature, #curiosity-mars-rover, #deserts, #earth, #extraterrestrial-life, #geology, #johnson-sarah-stewart, #mars-planet, #microbiology, #planets, #science-and-technology, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #the-sirens-of-mars-searching-for-life-on-another-world-book

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Why the ‘Super Weird’ Moons of Mars Fascinate Scientists

What’s the big deal about little Phobos and tinier Deimos?

#asteroids, #japan, #japan-aerospace-exploration-agency, #mars-planet, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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The Doctor From Nazi Germany and the Roots of the Hunt for Life on Mars

Astrobiologists have used Mars jars for decades. Many didn’t know about the controversial Air Force scientist who started them.

#dachau-germany, #extraterrestrial-life, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #mars-planet, #microbiology, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #strughold-hubertus, #united-states-air-force-academy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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3 Great Mysteries About Life on Mars

How habitable was early Mars? Why did it become less hospitable? And could there be life there now?

#extraterrestrial-life, #mars-planet, #methane, #microbiology, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #water

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China’s Mars Launch: When to Watch

The country’s Tianwen-1 mission is the second trip to Mars of the summer.

#china, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states

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China’s Mars Tianwen-1 Launch Will Answer a ‘Heavenly Question’

A goal of the Tianwen-1 launch is to catch up with decades of American success on the red planet, all in one mission.

#china, #mars-planet, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #tianwen-1, #xi-jinping

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Emirates Mars Mission Launch: When to Watch

Lifting off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, it is the first of three missions headed to the red planet this summer.

#hope-orbiter, #japan, #mars-planet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #united-arab-emirates

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How the United Arab Emirates Set Its Sights on Mars

The Hope orbiter will make contributions to research on the red planet, but the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #hope-spacecraft, #japan, #mars-planet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-arab-emirates

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Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

During aphelion, our planet receives 7 percent less sunlight than in January, but changes in the planet’s orbit are not what causes our seasons.

#earth, #mars-planet, #pluto-dwarf-planet, #seasons-and-months, #sun

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NASA Mars Helicopter Will Be Red Planet’s ‘Wright Brothers Moment’

As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere.

#aung-mimi, #engineering-and-engineers, #helicopters, #innovation, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #space-and-astronomy

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Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

#earth, #extraterrestrial-life, #mars-planet, #moon, #planets, #seasons-and-months, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #summer-season, #sun, #uranus-planet

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Going Viral, or Not, in the Milky Way

Is the pandemic a rehearsal for our own cosmic mortality?

#2001-a-space-odyssey-movie, #colonization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #extraterrestrial-life, #hanson-robin, #italy, #mars-planet, #moon, #physics, #planets, #rees-martin, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-science

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Watch These Rover Models Wiggle Out of Alien Sand Traps

A choreography of swimming, walking and rolling could help future rovers avoid getting stuck in loose soil on the moon or Mars.

#bluethmann-william, #engineering-and-engineers, #goldman-daniel-i, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #science-robotics-journal, #shrivastava-siddharth, #space-and-astronomy

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