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Rock samples collected by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover may contain tiny bubbles from ancient water

NASA’s Perseverance mars rover successfully captured its first pair of rock samples last week. The samples, named “Montdenier” and “Montagnac,” may contain trapped tiny bubbles of ancient martian water, NASA scientists say. The rock is believed to be of volcanic origin. Scientists believe that the samples will offer a window into the history and geology […]

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NASA’s Mars rover appears to successfully retrieve rock samples during second attempt

NASA’s Perseverance rover in Mars attempted to drill the Red planet for the second time to retrieve samples. The robot’s drill made a neat hole in a thick slab dubbed “Rochette”. New images appear to show a rock core was securely picked up. A previous attempt last month saw the sample crumble to dust. If […]

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Lakes found on the surface of Mars’ south pole may not really be lakes at all, researchers conclude

The subsurface lakes found on the surface of Mars’ south pole may not really be lakes at all. Signals from a radar instrument reflected off the red planet’s south pole appeared to reveal a liquid subsurface lake. Two research teams in 2018, working on data from the Mars Express orbiter at NASA and Arizona State […]

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China’s Mars rover sends back a batch new pictures, including a ‘selfie’

China’s Zhurong rover has sent back a batch of new images from Mars – including a “selfie”. The robot, which landed in May, positioned a wireless camera on the ground and then rolled back a short distance to take the snap. To Zhurong’s right is the rocket-powered platform that brought the six-wheeled vehicle to a […]

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Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands safely after timing error confuses navigation system during flight

A navigation timing error sent NASA’s little Mars helicopter on a wild, lurching ride, its first major problem since it took to the Martian skies last month. The experimental helicopter, named Ingenuity, managed to land safely, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported Thursday. The trouble cropped up about a minute into the helicopter’s sixth […]

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China’s Zhurong rover drives down capsule ramp and onto the surface of Mars

Chinese remote-controlled motorised rover drove down the ramp of a landing capsule on Saturday and onto the surface of the Red Planet, making China the first nation to orbit, land and deploy a land vehicle on its inaugural mission to Mars. Zhurong, named after a mythical Chinese god of fire, drove down to the surface […]

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Tianwen-1 Mission: China’s space probe successfully lands on the surface of Mars

A Chinese space probe successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, Xinhua reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to land on the Red Planet. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, “leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first […]

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NASA’s Perseverance rover records sound of Ingenuity helicopter’s blades as it flies. HEAR.

NASA’s Perseverance rover has for the first time captured the low-pitched whirring of the Ingenuity helicopter’s blades as it flies through the rarefied Martian atmosphere. The space agency released footage shot by the six-wheeled robot of its rotorcraft companion making its fourth flight on April 30, accompanied by an audio track. The nearly three-minute-long video […]

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Nasa pushes Mars Ingenuity helicopter to its limits by extending its mission

The US space agency has announced it is extending its Mars helicopter mission. Nasa said the first three flights of the drone, called Ingenuity, had worked so well it would now be moving from a demonstration to an operational phase. This means the chopper will support Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, helping with its hunt for signs […]

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NASA helicopter makes third flight on Mars, travels 50 meters at top speed

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has completed its third flight on Mars, flying “faster and farther” than it did in any test flights on Earth. The United States space agency in a statement on Sunday said the helicopter travelled 50 metres at a top speed of two metres per second. It was Ingenuity’s third flight since it […]

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Nasa’s Perseverance rover makes breathable oxygen on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover on Mars has made oxygen from the planet’s carbon dioxide atmosphere. It’s the second successful technology demonstration on the mission, which flew a mini-helicopter twice. READ: Ingenuity helicopter completes 2nd successful test flight The oxygen generation was performed by a toaster-sized unit in the rover called Moxie, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource […]

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NASA: Ingenuity helicopter completes 2nd successful test flight

Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars completed a second successful flight on Thursday. Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds this time, climbing 16 feet up through the Martian atmosphere. After a brief hover, it tilted at a 5-degree angle and moved sideways for 7 feet. The helicopter hovered in place again to make several turns. […]