Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling
Mars Lander FILE - This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The spacecraft is losing power because of all the dust that's accumulated on its solar panels. (NASA via AP, File) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. It will be NASA's second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018.wftv.com
Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling
A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July.news.yahoo.com
Could people breathe the air on Mars?
An artist's concept of an astronaut walking on Mars. But what would happen if the astronaut weren't wearing a space helmet? cokada/E+ via Getty Images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to email@example.com. Could people breathe on Mars? – Jack J., age 7, Alexandria, Virginia Let’s suppose you were an astronaut who just landed on the planet Mars. What would you need to survive? For starters, here’s a snews.yahoo.com
Strange Mars rock type points to extremely violent volcanic eruptions
New research suggestions the Nili Fossae region of Mars, including Jezero Crater, might composed of a volcanic rock called ignimbrite. That could indicate the Martian landscape was shaped by cataclysmic volcanic eruptions.space.com
4 planets align this week; Find out how to see them
>> Read more trending newsFour planets — Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn — are aligning and the journey started early Sunday morning, NBC News reported. The moon will seem to dance among the planets, passing below Saturn on April 25, Mars the next day and Jupiter and Venus on April 27, according to Space.com. NASA said that if the conditions are right, you should see Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn in a line without the need for binoculars or telescopes. However, as the planets continue their dance it will be higher in the sky, NASA said. From late June to early July, Mercury will be added to the line of planets, allowing five planets to be seen just before sunrise in an event that happens every few years, NBC News reported.wftv.com
No European Mars mission this year, due to war in Ukraine
The European Space Agency confirmed Thursday that it's indefinitely suspending its ExoMars rover mission with partner Roscosmos, Russia’s state space corporation. The ESA had previously said that the mission was "very unlikely" because of Russia's war against Ukraine. “We deeply deplore the human casualties and tragic consequences of the aggression towards Ukraine,” an ESA statement said. The rover’s primary mission was to have been determining whether Mars ever hosted life. Already on Mars are NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed in Feb. 2021, and China’s first Mars rover, Zhurong, named after the Chinese god of fire.wftv.com
Europe's joint Mars mission with Russia postponed by war
Europe Russia Space This illustration made available by the European Space Agency shows the European-Russian ExoMars rover. On Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, the ESA said the planned launch of a joint mission with Russia to Mars this year is now “very unlikely” due to sanctions linked to the war in Ukraine. (European Space Agency via AP) (AOES medialab M.Thiebaut)BERLIN — (AP) — The launch of a joint Europe-Russian mission to Mars this year is now “very unlikely” due to sanctions linked to the war in Ukraine, the European Space Agency said Monday. The agency said after a meeting of officials from its 22 member states that it was assessing the consequences of sanctions for its cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. The U.S. and Russia are the key operators of the space station, which is a partnership of five space agencies.wftv.com
US, China consulted on safety as their crafts headed to Mars
A visitor to an exhibition looks at a display with a replica of the Chinese Mars Rover of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft in Beijing on March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING – As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals. China's National Space Agency confirmed Wednesday that it had working-level meetings and communications with NASA from January to March “to ensure the flight safety" of their crafts. U.S. law bans almost all contacts between NASA and China over concerns about technology theft and the secretive, military-backed nature of China’s space program. China's Tianwen-1 is orbiting Mars in preparation for a landing in May or June.
NASA preparing Ingenuity helicopter for flight on Mars after finding airfield
The helicopter, nicknamed Ingenuity, arrived on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, hitching along for the ride with NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. During a media briefing Tuesday, Ingenuity and Perseverance team members revealed they are targeting around April 8 for the first flight. [MORE COVERAGE: NASA rover gets rolling on Mars from its landing spot named for late author Octavia Butler | Mars rover sends back grinding, squealing sounds of driving]NASA's Ingenuity helicopter airfield on Mars within the Jezero Crater. (Image: NASA JPL) (WKMG 2021)“We really scoured this area. The Mars Helicopter Delivery System holds the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to the underside of Perseverance.
Mars rover sends back grinding, squealing sounds of driving
7, 2021 photo provided by NASA shows tire tracks left by the Mars Perseverance rover. The rover has sent back the first-ever sounds of driving on the red planet. “If I heard these sounds driving my car, I’d pull over and call for a tow,” Dave Gruel, an engineer on the rover team, said in a written NASA statement. This second mike didn't pick up any sounds of the rover's arrival at Mars, but managed to record the first test drive March 4. The driving audio contains a unexpected high-pitched scratching noise, according to NASA.
China, Russia agree to build lunar research station
China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)BEIJING – China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. A statement posted on the website of the China National Space Administration Wednesday said the International Lunar Research Station would also be open to use by other countries, but gave no timeline for its construction. Russia is a participant in the International Space Station but its space program has been somewhat eclipsed by those of China, the U.S., India and others. AdChina has planned four crewed missions this year to work on its first permanent orbiting space station, the core module of which could be launched as soon as next month.
NASA's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet
This photo made available by NASA was taken during the first drive of the Perseverance rover on Mars on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life. AdPerseverance — NASA's biggest and most elaborate rover yet — became the ninth U.S. spacecraft to successfully land on Mars on Feb. 18. China hopes to land its smaller rover — currently orbiting the red planet — in another few months.