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Tag Archives: Mars
When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands in Mars’ Jezero Crater next February, it’ll be carrying a tribute to the medical community and their work to quell the coronavirus pandemic. A 3-by-5-inch aluminum plaque, showing planet Earth being supported by the ancient staff-and-serpent symbol … Continue reading
Picking up on a suggestion from an Alabama high-school junior, NASA has given an ingenious name to the first helicopter due to take flight on Mars. Get the news brief on GeekWire.
NASA’s next Mars rover was named Perseverance today, following up on a suggestion made by a seventh-grader in Virginia. Get the news brief on GeekWire.
NASA and an army of nearly 4,700 volunteer judges have selected nine potential names for a rover that’s due to be launched to Mars in July, and you have just six days to cast an online vote for your favorite name. Get the news … Continue reading
A newly published survey pinpointing where Martian water ice is likely to lie close to the surface could serve as a roadmap for establishing the first human settlement. Get the news brief on GeekWire.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — For 15 years, planetary scientist Steve Squyres’ life revolved around Mars, with good reason. He was the principal investigator for one of the longest-running NASA missions on the surface of another world, executed by the twin rovers … Continue reading
Seattle’s First Mode team and Western Washington University say they’ve won a NASA contract to advance the technology for sizing up rocks on Mars. The project, funded under NASA’s Solar System Workings program, will support the development of an automated tool known as a … Continue reading
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk set a revved-up timeline tonight for testing and building a fleet of Starship rocket ships that he says would eventually take people on trips to the moon, Mars and other deep-space destinations. Standing in front of … Continue reading
Just months after closing out the 15-year-long Opportunity rover mission on Mars, Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres is taking advantage of a new opportunity: the post of chief scientist at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture. Today Blue Origin confirmed that Squyres, … Continue reading