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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. […]

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Ingenuity: Nasa successfully flies small drone on Mars

NASA successfully flew a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth. The space agency is […]

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NASA delays Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, originally scheduled to fly on Mars Sunday, is now set to take off no earlier than April 14, the space agency said. The helicopter returned data to mission teams on Earth late Friday evening that caused NASA to reschedule the first flight. The team reports that the helicopter remains safe and healthy […]

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NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter touches down on Mars’s surface ahead of first flight

NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has been dropped on the surface of Mars in preparation for its first flight, the US space agency said. The ultra-light aircraft had been fixed to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18. “MarsHelicopter touchdown confirmed!” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted on Saturday. […]