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Friday, May 07, 2021



Mars helicopter gets extra month of flying as rover's scout

May 01, 2021 11:16 am

On its fifth flight in a week or so, the chopper will move to a new airfield on Mars, allowing the rover to finally start focusing on its own rock-sampling mission.

Explained: Why finding the 'oldest water on Earth' matters in the quest for life on Mars

May 05, 2021 10:50 am

Dr Barbara Sherwood Lollar of the University of Toronto has extracted from a Canadian mine water that is 1.6 billion years old.

Explained: How did NASA's Perseverance mission produce oxygen on Mars?

April 30, 2021 8:33 am

On Mars, carbon dioxide makes up ~96% of the gas in the planet’s atmosphere. Oxygen is only 0.13%, compared to 21% in Earth's atmosphere. Like a tree on Earth, MOXIE inhales carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen.

Explained: Why the flight by Ingenuity, the first helicopter on Mars, is a big deal

April 20, 2021 7:15 am

Ingenuity’s mission is experimental in nature and completely independent of the rover’s science mission – which is searching for signs of ancient life and collecting samples of rock and sediment in tubes for potential return to Earth by later missions.

Moon to eclipse Mars on evening of April 17

April 12, 2021 9:11 pm

Since Mars is distinctly visible to the naked eye, this event can be enjoyed without any optical aid. A pair of binoculars or a small telescope, however, will be useful.

Get ready for the first flight of NASA’s Mars helicopter

March 24, 2021 10:05 am

NASA officials have described this as a “Wright brothers moment” for space exploration, and on Tuesday, the agency revealed that Ingenuity includes an artifact from the first Wright airplane that took off from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

Mars long ago was wet. You may be surprised where the water went

March 29, 2021 9:18 am

Early in its history, Mars may have possessed liquid water on its surface approximately equivalent in volume to half of the Atlantic Ocean, enough to have covered the entire planet with water perhaps up to nearly a mile (1.5 km) deep.

Mars rover sends back grinding, squealing sounds of driving

March 18, 2021 8:56 am

The noises made by Perseverance's six metal wheels and suspension on the first test drive two weeks ago are part of a 16-minute raw audio feed released Wednesday by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

For India hand behind Mars landing, it started with Star Trek

February 25, 2021 7:04 am

She led the team that developed a technology called 'Attitude Control System Terrain Relative Navigation’, which helped the rover land accurately at the calculated spot.

Ingenuity helicopter, strapped to NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, sends first status report

February 22, 2021 8:31 am

If things go as planned, Ingenuity, a 1.8 kilogram rotorcraft, will become the first helicopter to fly on another planet.


Here are stunning pictures of Mars, captured by NASA's Perseverance rover

February 21, 2021 7:28 pm

Take a look at the first images of planet Mars captured by NASA's science rover Perseverance minutes before it successfully landed on its dusty red surface.

NASA confirms Mars has water: Here is a closer look at some pictures

September 29, 2015 2:21 pm

NASA has confirmed evidence of water on Mars in an important discovery. Check out some stunning pictures of the red planet which have hinted at evidence of war on Mars earlier

Ten 'breathtaking pictures from India's Mars orbiter'

August 18, 2015 9:47 pm

ISRO's Pictures from Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.

TOP FRAMES: Best photographs of this week from around the world

September 27, 2014 3:53 pm

Two space probes hog the limelight this week with ISRO's Mangalyaan and NASA's MAVEN entering the Martian orbit.