Instead of sending another rover to help retrieve rock and dirt samples from the red planet and bring them to Earth, the agency will provide the helicopters as a backup option.
The debris was part of the equipment that helped the Perseverance mission safely land on the red planet in 2021.
We don’t know what space can tell us about the origins of the universe and life on Earth. But that, above all, is the reason for going.
The past 12 months on Mars have been both “exciting” and “exhausting” for scientists and engineers minding Perseverance and Ingenuity. And the mission is only really getting started.
The rock, sealed in a tube, is the first of many the robotic explorer will collect to one day send back to Earth for scientists to study.
After an earlier drilling attempt mysteriously failed, the robotic mission collected the first tube of samples that may one day help scientists understand the red planet.
Ingenuity has flown almost flawlessly through the red planet’s thin air and will now assist the science mission of the Perseverance rover.
Ahead of a successful fourth flight, the agency announced that Ingenuity would continue to fly beyond its original monthlong mission.
Ingenuity made a 328-foot round-trip journey, helping to demonstrate the capability of the vehicle’s navigation system.
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity flew higher and longer in its second flight on Mars.
Don’t focus on what feels foreign. Instead, look for commonalities with a familiar analogue.
The experimental Ingenuity vehicle is expected to complete a short but historic up-and-down flight on Monday morning.
Diana Trujillo, a NASA flight director, discusses the future of space travel and the search for signs of life on the red planet.
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity traveled to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which is also preparing for its main science mission.
We the people need to take more control of how we move into the brave new worlds beyond our planet.
Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.
Since arriving safely on Thursday, the spacecraft has been steadily transmitting visual files and other data back to Earth.
Scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer.
Perseverance’s arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.
The Perseverance rover will attempt to touch down in one piece on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.
Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.
Our early days on Earth have almost entirely disappeared, but on Mars, the past is entombed.
Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.
There’s something uniquely compelling about our need to learn what we can about the universe.
Two veteran space journalists discuss why so much attention and budget seems to be directed to the red planet.
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.
The third and final mission to the red planet of the month will lift off on Thursday.
Jezero crater, the destination of the Perseverance rover, is a promising place to look for evidence of extinct Martian life.
In five incidents, people have thrown paint on the bright-yellow street display on Fifth Avenue. Each time, city workers have restored the lettering.
NASA and the European Space Agency plan to toss rocks from one spacecraft to another before the samples finally land on Earth in 2031.