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Tiny probe snaps fresh picture of our Pale Blue Dot

You don’t have to fly beyond the orbit of Neptune to see our home planet as a Pale Blue Dot. One of the first nanosatellites to travel beyond Earth orbit has proven that in a new version of the view first made … Continue reading

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NASA adds a drone to its 2020 Mars rover

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has given the thumbs-up to putting a helicopter on Mars. The Mars Helicopter, which is actually more of an autonomous drone, will be packed into the belly pan of a Red Planet rover that’s due for … Continue reading

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Mars InSight lander lifts off from California

NASA’s Mars InSight lander and two piggyback probes were lofted through California’s coastal fog into space before dawn today, beginning a six-month, 300 million-mile journey to study the Red Planet’s mysterious interior. It marked the first interplanetary mission to be … Continue reading

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Basketball star Chris Bosh geeks out over Mars

While retired NBA All-Star basketball player Chris Bosh plans his next career moves, he and his wife Adrienne are taking a time out to witness the launch of NASA’s Mars InSight lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Based on their tweets, … Continue reading

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It’s showtime for launch of Mars InSight lander

NASA’s Mars InSight lander is being prepped for a launch that will send some magical science and engineering toward the Red Planet, including two pint-sized piggyback probes and a seismometer that can measure distances less than the width of an atom. Now, … Continue reading

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Trace Gas Orbiter sends its first color view of Mars

The first color image to come from a camera aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter in its Mars-mapping orbit shows the ice-coated rim of Korolev Crater in sharply shadowed detail. “We were really pleased to see how good this picture … Continue reading

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The clock’s ticking for effort to identify Martian life

STANFORD, Calif. — NASA has been looking for life on Mars for more than 40 years, but the quest could get a lot more complicated when earthly life arrives en masse, perhaps within the next decade. “There is a ticking clock … Continue reading

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