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As a giant dust storm roars across a quarter of the face of Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover is facing possible extinction. In a teleconference, NASA engineers announced today that mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California has lost contact with the unmanned probe, as the storm prevents the craft's solar panels from charging its batteries... Continue Readi
NASA's Curiosity rover has passed yet another impressive milestone, having spent 2,000 Martian days exploring one of the most enigmatic and fascinating worlds populating our solar system. Following an ambitious descent through Mars' tenuous atmosphere in August 2012, Curiosity has been slowly but deliberately trundling around a 96-mile-wide (154 km) impact crater in search of evidence that th
NASA's Curiosity rover has passed yet another impressive milestone, having spent 2,000 Martian days exploring one of the most enigmatic and fascinating worlds populating our solar system. Following an ambitious descent through Mars' tenuous atmosphere in August 2012, Curiosity has been slowly but deliberately trundling around a 96-mile-wide (154 km) impact crater in search of evidence that th
If humans are ever going to colonize Mars – which we will, if NASA and Elon Musk have their way – then we need to make sure we can grow food locally. Now a team from Wageningen University & Research has found that earthworms might soon need a name change: the creatures, a crucial part of making soil fertile, can thrive and reproduce in simulated Martian soil...Continue Reading Earthworms can
While a lot of attention has been focused on Mars thanks to the rovers that are heading out there in 2020, the Red Planet's tiny moon Phobos has been relatively overlooked. Recently, though, NASA turned the THEMIS camera on its Mars Odyssey orbiter toward the moon to see what a day looks like in infrared wavelengths...Continue Reading A day on Martian moon PhobosCategory: SpaceTags: J
If all goes according to plan, in 2020 NASA (in addition to several other space agencies) will launch a rover towards Mars. When it lands there, it will begin looking for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet. To help astrobiologists tease out biological material from other deceiving compounds in the planet's regolith, researchers at the University of Kansas (KU) suggest focussing e
Even robots exploring other planets need to take some time to unwind and just watch the clouds for a while. The Curiosity rover, which just last week celebrated its fifth anniversary on the Red Planet, has now sent back some of the clearest photos yet taken of extraterrestrial clouds...Continue Reading Curiosity snaps fast-moving clouds in the Martian skyCategory: SpaceTags: Cloud


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