Tag Archives: Mars

NASA’s InSight delivers amazing Mars photos

NASA’s spacecraft that landed on Mars on Monday has beamed back its first clear photo of the desolate Red Planet. “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home,” NASA tweeted late Monday, hours after its new InSight lander touched down. The image came after the rover had earlier sent back a somewhat

NASA Announces 2020 Rover Landing site

It’s been many years in the making, but NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission is currently in the home stretch. Scientists and engineers are working hard on all the hardware that the rover will use to do its job, but up until today, NASA still hadn’t actually decided where on the Red Planet the rover would land. Now

Mysterious signal from Space is not NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has been sitting still on Mars since June. It was then that a massive dust storm began to swallow up the planet, cutting off the sunlight to the rover’s solar panels and forcing it to go dormant. The Opportunity team has been waiting patiently for the rover to wake back up

Here’s how NASA’s Mars InSight will call home after a massive landing

Here's how NASA's Mars InSight will call home after a massive landing

Like any dutiful creation, NASA’s Mars InSight lander has promised to phone home upon safely reaching its destination on Nov. 26. But it won’t be a detailed conversation, and NASA engineers can’t actually be sure when the call will come — or even whether it will come from the InSight lander itself. All told, the team has developed five

NASA predicts people on Mars in 25 years

NASA predicts people on Mars in 25 years

US space agency NASA believes it can put humans on Mars within 25 years but the technological and medical hurdles are immense. Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on the Red Planet, top NASA

Why NASA chose a vanilla ice cream landing site for InSight Lander on Mars

Why NASA chose a vanilla ice cream landing site for InSight Lander on Mars

Sometimes, boring is best — and that’s certainly true when you’re trying to set a lander down on the surface of Mars, where any eventfulness is likely bad news. That’s why scientists carefully chose a flat, featureless expanse of the Red Planet called Elysium Planitia for NASA’s InSight mission to touch down on to maximize the odds

SpaceX’s Starman and Tesla Roadster now surpass Mars

Time flies when you’re cruising through space in a Tesla Roadster, huh? It’s hard to believe that it’s already been nearly nine months since SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, sending a test payload into sun-centric orbit, but here we are. Now, the only passenger that took part in the adventure officially made his way past Mars,

SpaceX is Building a Market for Falcon Heavy

Two companies have signed deals to launch their satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful space vehicle in operation today. ViaSat, which provides internet service from space, chose the Falcon Heavy to launch one of its next generation internet satellites between 2020 and 2022. Ovzon, a Finnish start-up that expects to deliver mobile broadband from orbit, hired SpaceX’s

Mars First Image from a CubeSat by NASA

Mars First Image from a CubeSat by NASA

NASA’s MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO—which stands for Mars Cube One—has Mars in sight. One of the twin MarCO CubeSats snapped this image of Mars on Oct. 3—the first image of the Red Planet ever produced by this class

Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars “simulant,” is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for testing the growth of crops,

NASA spots still-silent Opportunity Rover on Mars

NASA spots still-silent Opportunity Rover on Mars

We may not be able to hear anything from NASA’s Opportunity rover, but we can still see it. The space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught sight of the rover from far above the red planet. Opportunity has been out of contact with Earth since June 10 when a global dust storm cut off its solar power. The rover is sitting

Elon Musk Gives an Update on When a Mars Colony Could be Built

Elon Musk is well-known for his ability to create a media sensation. Scarcely a week goes by that the founder of SpaceX and Tesla doesn’t have an announcement or update to make – often via his social media outlet of choice, twitter. And as a major figure in the NewSpace industry, anything he says is

How SpaceX’s huge ‘BFR’ Spaceship for Mars has changed


SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceflight system just went through a growth spurt. The reusable rocket-spaceship duo will stand 387 feet (118 meters) tall at launch, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday (Sept. 17) during a webcast event at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. That’s 11 percent taller than the previous design iteration, which