NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3038 duties – and is in “don’t forget me mode” – now joined on the Red Planet by NASA’s Perseverance robot at Jezero Crater. Curiosity has returned new imagery from its Gale crater locale. Here’s a representative sample showing the rover’s surrounding views:  

  China is pressing forward on construction of the country’s own space station. To do so, multiple classes of Long March boosters are to be utilized. First up is lofting the station’s core module, the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft and the Shenzhou-12 piloted spacecraft. According to China Central Television (CCTV) rendezvous and docking as well as […]

  NASA’s powerful LROC imaging system on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has produced a new photo of China’s Chang’e-5 descent stage sitting on the basaltic plains of Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”) on the Moon. China’s Chang’e-5 lunar mission was a successful multi-phase affair involving an orbiter, a lander, an ascender, and a returner spacecraft […]

  Newly released imagery from NASA’s Perseverance rover mission captures milestone minutes at the start of its journey. A high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured the image.     In […]

  From the “you don’t say!” department of NASA space price tags, exploring the Red Planet is an expensive undertaking. A new infographic from Statista offers a snap shot of NASA missions to Mars, revealing that the Perseverance rover remains the 7th most costly spacecraft in the history of the space agency’s planetary exploration program […]

As the full-stop destination of NASA Perseverance’s journey from Earth to Mars, the mega-rover is slated to set down within Jezero Crater – a lake in the Red Planet’s ancient past, a place that sports a shoreline that dried up billions of years ago. On ancient Mars, water carved channels and transported sediments to form […]

Water is the elixir of life. On Mars, utilizing subsurface frozen water ice can help prolong future human exploration of the Red Planet. New research spotlights potential buried ice deposits to support the selection of human landing sites in the northern mid-latitudes of Mars. The work is an output of the Subsurface Water Ice Mapping […]

How to tame that “seven minutes of terror” the NASA Perseverance Mars mission will experience during its plunge through the Martian atmosphere? Part of the answer comes early in the deep dive to the Red Planet thanks to the Mars Entry Descent and Landing Instrumentation 2, or MEDLI2 for short. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now wrapping up Sol 3033 tasks. The Mars robot has been staying put and feasting on some bonus science, reports Sean Czarnecki, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University in Tempe. “Our goal remains to traverse away from the rocks we have determined are clay-rich and toward the overlying […]

In anticipation of the February 18th arrival of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars, Fridays For Future unveils “1%” – a “satirical tourism ad” for Mars, developed with FRED & FARID in Los Angeles, to awaken the 99% of humans who will have to stay on Earth. “Let’s face it, living on Earth isn’t so cool […]