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NASA has announced an unusual new discovery: the iconic Star Trek Starfleet logo has been found on the surface of Mars.The insignia was captured by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that’s orbiting the red planet, and the MRO HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera team at the University of Arizona explains that the curious chevron shapes are footprints of ol
A newly-installed clean room webcam at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is giving members of the public a front row seat as technicians and engineers assemble the Mars 2020 rover. The robotic explorer will be accompanied by a helicopter equipped with a high-resolution camera when it launches to the Red Planet atop an Atlas V rocket next year... Continue Reading 24-
Alien life is almost certainly out there somewhere, but because it's most likely microscopic, it probably won't be easy to spot. Instead we might need to keep an eye out for other biomarkers, which could be detected in the atmosphere, soil or water of a planet. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a new and fairly obvious sign of life: pasta-shaped rocks... Cont
The technology that will guide NASA's Mars 2020 mission to a landing on the surface of Mars began testing recently in the skies over Death Valley in California. Installed in an Airbus helicopter, an engineering prototype of the Lander Vision System (LVS) was put through a series of pre-planned maneuvers designed to test the device's ability to collect and analyze images of the mountainous
Members of the public can now sign up to have their name accompany NASA's much anticipated Mars 2020 rover as it unravels the secrets of the Red Planet. The names will not be stored digitally within a chip, but instead etched upon one by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, with the help of an incredibly precise electron beam... Continue Reading NAS
A vital part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission passed an important milestone as the unmanned probe's heat shield passed its final static load test under the thermal conditions it will encounter as it enters the Martian atmosphere. Designed and built by Lockheed Martin, the 15 ft (4.5 m) ablative shield is one of the largest ever built... Continue Reading Mars 2020 lander's heat shield passes
After recently covering a convincing little Toyota Sienna minivan camper from Colorado's Oasis Campervans, we figured someone out there must be creating gas-electric mini-campervans built on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. We found one in the Illusion Hybrid from 5 Mars RV. The Quebecois company marries its expertise in creating small, cozy camper vans with hybrid technology, creating a play
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has been hovering over the Red Planet for a year now, and the first results of its observations have now been released. In that time, the orbiter has made a map of the distribution of watery minerals in the Martian surface, studied how the global dust storm affected the atmosphere, and intriguingly found very little methane, which calls into question the
A solar eclipse is an amazing sight to behold, and it's an astronomical event that's not limited to Earth. NASA's Curiosity rover has captured images of Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, as they passed between the Red Planet and the Sun... Continue Reading Curiosity watches as Mars' two moons eclipse the Sun Category: Space Tags: Astronomy Curiosity Rover JPL Mars
Plants are naturally amazing little machines – so giving them a bionic leg-up could unlock a whole new range of abilities. Now a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne has developed a new way to turn plants into nanomaterial factories, which could allow them to act as chemical sensors or even allow them to survive in harsh environments, such as in space or on Mars... Continue


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