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Laboratory Experiments Unravelling The Mystery Of Phobos

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Phobos

There is no weather in our sense of the word in space - nevertheless, soil can also "weather" in the vacuum of space if it is constantly bombarded by high-energy particles, such as those emitted by the sun.


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MOXIE Could Help Future Rockets Launch Off Mars

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MOXIE

NASA's Perseverance rover carries a device to convert Martian air into oxygen that, if produced on a larger scale, could be used not just for breathing, but also for fuel.

Field Geology At Mars' Equator Points To An Ancient Megaflood

Field Geology At Mars' Equator Points To An Ancient Megaflood

Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars' equator around 4 billion years ago.


Heat And Dust Help Launch Martian Water Into Space

Heat And Dust Help Launch Martian Water Into Space

Scientists using an instrument aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, spacecraft have discovered that water vapor near the surface of the Red Planet is lofted higher into the atmosphere than anyone expected was possible.


NASA's Perseverance Rover 100 Days Out

NASA's Perseverance Rover 100 Days Out

A mere 100 days and 166 million miles (268 million kilometers) separate NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission and the Red Planet's Jezero Crater.


Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars

Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars

Sometimes half measures can be a good thing - especially on a journey this long. The agency's latest rover only has about 146 million miles left to reach its destination.


Perseverance Rover Bringing 3D-Printed Metal Parts To Mars

Perseverance Rover Bringing 3D-Printed Metal Parts To Mars

For hobbyists and makers, 3D printing expands creative possibilities; for specialized engineers, it's also key to next-generation spacecraft design.


Holden Crater Seen From Orbit

Holden Crater Seen From Orbit

Much of Mars is covered by sand and dust but in some places stacks of sedimentary layers are visible.


Transforming Rover Can Explore the Toughest Terrain

Transforming Rover Can Explore the Toughest Terrain

A rover trundles over rocky terrain, its four metal wheels clattering along until they encounter a seemingly insurmountable hazard: a steep slope.


Smallsat View Of Tianwen-1 On Its Way To Mars

Smallsat View Of Tianwen-1 On Its Way To Mars

Andrew Jones @AJ_FI - Here's an image of Tianwen-1 in deep space and on its way to Mars, released today [CLEP]. The spacecraft is currently 24.1 million km from the Earth with a total flight distance of 188 million km. Source


NASA Readies Perseverance Mars Rover's Earthly Twin

NASA Readies Perseverance Mars Rover's Earthly Twin

Did you know NASA's next Mars rover has a nearly identical sibling on Earth for testing? Even better, it's about to roll for the first time through a replica Martian landscape.


Deep Learning Will Help Future Mars Rovers Go Farther, Faster, And Do More Science

Deep Learning Will Help Future Mars Rovers Go Farther, Faster, And Do More Science

NASA's Mars rovers have been one of the great scientific and space successes of the past two decades.


Maven Observes Martian Night Sky Pulsing In Ultraviolet Light

Maven Observes Martian Night Sky Pulsing In Ultraviolet Light

Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The results are being used to illuminate complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere.


Rice Researchers Use InSight For Deep Mars Measurements

Rice Researchers Use InSight For Deep Mars Measurements

Using data from NASA's InSight Lander on Mars, Rice University seismologists have made the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of the red planet.


Lake Salda, Turkey Shares A Similar Mineralogy With Jezero Crater On Mars

Lake Salda, Turkey Shares A Similar Mineralogy With Jezero Crater On Mars

You may not be able to travel to Jezero Crater on Mars, but you can visit the next best thing: Lake Salda, Turkey. Though it is located a world away, Lake Salda shares similar minerology and geology as the dry Martian lakebed.


Mars 2020 Perseverance Lifts Off

Mars 2020 Perseverance Lifts Off

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.


Flight Over The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing Site

Flight Over The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing Site

This video shows Jezero crater, the landing site of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on the Red Planet, based on images from ESA's Mars Express mission. The planned landing area is marked with an orange ellipse.


Mars 2020 Mission To Be Guided By USGS Astrogeology Maps

Mars 2020 Mission To Be Guided By USGS Astrogeology Maps

When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars next year, it will be equipped with some of the most precise maps of Mars ever created, courtesy of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center.



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