MONROVIA, California – Now on the books is NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, arriving at a wheels-down spot on the Red Planet in 2021. On its to-do agenda is surveying a site likely to have been habitable and poke about for signs of past Martian life. And if that’s not enough, there’s more. […]

      The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing titled NASA: Past, Present, and Future. This hearing is set for Thursday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The purpose of the hearing is to review NASA’s past portfolio of missions, evaluate existing exploration programs, and provide a venue […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover is carrying out Sol 1609 duties on Mars, driving over 30 feet (9 meters) on Sol 1608. That drive has placed the robot closer to Ireson Hill, making it possible to image dark blocks that have tumbled down from the top of the hill. Dark blocks “Two of these blocks are within […]

A key element of China’s human spaceflight program is being prepared for launch this April. The country’s first cargo-carrying spacecraft – Tianzhou-1– has arrived at a launch site in Wenchang City of southern Hainan Province on Monday. Shoot and ship Tianzhou-1 can shoot and ship into Earth orbit upwards of six tons. This supply ship […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is closing out Sol 1607 activities. The robot has wrapped up work on the first stop of a second phase look at the Bagnold Dunes. The rover’s Mastcam produced images that were repeated throughout the day to look for changes in the dunes. Sand formations Curiosity’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) Remote […]

  MONROVIA, California – The 3rd landing site workshop for the 2020 Mars Rover mission was held here, bringing some 250 researchers together to mull over and whittle away at eight candidate landing sites. After nearly 3 days of deliberation – and much debate and discussion – a trio of landing sites for the future […]

  The Curiosity Mars rover’s Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) is expected to be back in operation shortly, after running a set of planned diagnostics. Mastcam observations have been underway to look for any changes in the nearby sand. Mastcam also has multispectral observations of targets “Matagamon,” “Scarboro,” and “Flume Ridge.” Mastcam is on tap too […]

  The second half of the Curiosity Mars rover’s campaign to study the “Bagnold Dunes” is well underway. Now in Sol 1603, the robot is conducting Mastcam mosaics of the dunes, which will be repeated several times to watch for changes, reports Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, […]

Being the veteran Mars explorer it is, the Opportunity rover is wheeling toward a milestone-making investigation – inspecting a Martian gully up-close. Opportunity is less than a mile from the first Martian gully visited by a spacecraft from Earth. It will investigate the gully for evidence of water or dry sediment flow. In research to […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is in position to scan a next segment of the Bagnold Dunes. Last year, the robot made the first up-close study of active sand dunes anywhere other than Earth, at the Bagnold Dunes on the northwestern flank of Mars’ Mount Sharp. As reported in 2016, some of the wind-sculpted […]

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