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NASA's Mars Helicopter to Make First Flight Attempt Sunday

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Ingenuity

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is two days away from making humanity's first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.


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Perseverance's Selfie With Ingenuity

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Perseverance’s Selfie With Ingenuity

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (4 meters) away in this image from April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

NASA's Mars Helicopter Survives First Cold Martian Night on Its Own

NASA's Mars Helicopter Survives First Cold Martian Night on Its Own

Evening temperatures at Jezero Crater can plunge as low as minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius), which can freeze and crack unprotected electrical components and damage the onboard batteries required for flight.


It's Cold On Mars As Ingenuity Prepares To Fly

It's Cold On Mars As Ingenuity Prepares To Fly

Within a few days, Ingenuity will be on the surface of Mars. Until now it has been connected to the Perseverance rover, which allowed Ingenuity to charge its battery as well as use a thermostat-controlled heater powered by the rover.


A New Type Of Ancient Crater Lake On Mars

A New Type Of Ancient Crater Lake On Mars

Researchers from Brown University have discovered a previously unknown type of ancient crater lake on Mars that could reveal clues about the planet's early climate.


NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Takes Selfie With 'Mont Mercou'

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Takes Selfie With 'Mont Mercou'

At the start of March, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover began approaching an impressive rock formation that scientists dubbed "Mont Mercou," a nickname taken from a mountain in France.


NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

Now uncocooned from its protective carbon-fiber shield, the helicopter is being readied for its next steps.


Huge Spiral Troughs on Mars are Young, Formed by Erosion

Huge Spiral Troughs on Mars are Young, Formed by Erosion

Spiral troughs found on the surface of Mars are in situ ice-excavated canyons with a total volume 10 times that of the Grand Canyon, making them one of the largest and youngest geologic mega-structures in the Solar System, a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Alexis Palmero Rodriguez says.


NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.


Mars Water Loss Shaped By Seasons And Storms

Mars Water Loss Shaped By Seasons And Storms

Mars has lost most of its once plentiful water, with small amounts remaining in the planet's atmosphere.


Trinity Researchers Tackle The Spiders From Mars

Trinity Researchers Tackle The Spiders From Mars

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have been shedding light on the enigmatic "spiders from Mars", providing the first physical evidence that these unique features on the planet's surface can be formed by the sublimation of CO2 ice.


Perseverance Captures The Sounds Of Driving On Mars

Perseverance Captures The Sounds Of Driving On Mars

NASA's newest rover recorded audio of itself crunching over the surface of the Red Planet, adding a whole new dimension to Mars exploration.


Dynamic Dunes On Mars

Dynamic Dunes On Mars

At first glance this captivating scene peering through wispy clouds and down onto a dune field is reminiscent of a satellite view of one of Earth's deserts, but this is in fact a beautiful landscape on Mars.


Serendipitous Juno Spacecraft Detections Shatter Ideas About Origin of Zodiacal Light: Mars

Serendipitous Juno Spacecraft Detections Shatter Ideas About Origin of Zodiacal Light: Mars

Look up to the night sky just before dawn, or after dusk, and you might see a faint column of light extending up from the horizon.


Emirates Mars Mission infrared Spectrometer Provides Hope Orbiter's First Temperature Map Of Mars

Emirates Mars Mission infrared Spectrometer Provides Hope Orbiter's First Temperature Map Of Mars

The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, reached Mars' orbit on Feb. 9, 2021.


Octavia E. Butler Landing

Octavia E. Butler Landing

NASA has named the landing site of the agency's Perseverance rover "Octavia E. Butler Landing," after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.


Perseverance Starts To Drive On Mars

Perseverance Starts To Drive On Mars

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape.


ExoMars Images The Mars Perseverance Landing Site

ExoMars Images The Mars Perseverance Landing Site

The ESA-Roscosmos Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, along with its parachute and back shell, heat shield and descent stage, in the Jezero Crater region of Mars.



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