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AI (and a few jokes) will keep crews sane on Mars

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the first human explorers head for Mars, they’re likely to have a non-human judging their performance and tweaking their interpersonal relationships when necessary. NASA and outside researchers are already working on artificial intelligence agents to monitor … Continue reading

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NASA sings requiem to Opportunity rover

After months of silence from Mars, NASA finally read the rites over its Opportunity rover, hailing the six-wheeled machine as an overachiever that found some of the first and best evidence of the Red Planet’s warmer, wetter past. The solar-powered … Continue reading

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Mini-probes fade into the sunset beyond Mars

Farewell, WALL-E and EVE: NASA says it’s lost contact with two briefcase-sized MarCO nanosatellites, more than two months after their history-making Mars flyby. And yet another robotic explorer, NASA’s Opportunity rover, has been mute on Mars for eight months, heightening suspicions that … Continue reading

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InSight lander sets first tool on Martian ground

After three weeks of checking out the scene on the Red Planet, NASA’s InSight landerhas placed its first scientific instrument on the Martian surface. The probe’s robotic arm pulled InSight’s seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure or SEIS, from the … Continue reading

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Orbiter spots InSight lander on Mars’ surface

Two weeks after NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars, its precise location on Elysium Planitia has been pinpointed, thanks to pictures from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. And it’s not just the car-sized lander: The orbiter even identified the sites … Continue reading

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NASA lander captures first recorded sounds of Mars

NASA’s Mars InSight lander is designed primarily to study the Red Planet’s interior, but it’s already produced a big bonus in the form of the first listenable sounds of the Martian wind. The low-frequency sounds, plus an audio version that’s … Continue reading

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Boeing CEO would ‘absolutely’ go to Mars

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg often says that the first person to set foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing-built rocket, but at today’s Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, he made it personal. “Would you go?” CNBC anchor Becky Quick, … Continue reading

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