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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Nails ‘Risky’ 12th Flight

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its 12th flight on Mars in what was one of its most challenging outings to date. The flight earlier this week took place inside the South Séítah region of Jezero Crater, a location that scientists believe could contain evidence of ancient life on the red planet. The 4-pound, 19-inch-tall helicopter began by climbing 32.8 feet (10 meters) into the air before flying a distance […]

todayAugust 19, 2021


NASA Mars Helicopter’s Next Flight Carries Substantial Risk

Fresh from snapping an image of the Perseverance rover on the Martian surface, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is about to take its 12th flight over the red planet in a mission that the space agency says carries “substantial risk.” The plucky helicopter has already exceeded expectations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is overseeing the current Mars mission involving Ingenuity and Perseverance. Four months after becoming the first aircraft to […]

todayAugust 17, 2021 2


NASA Wants You to Live In a Simulated Mars Environment

Mars Dune Alpha Conceptual Render: Visualization on Mars. ICON If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars, now is your chance to find out. NASA is recruiting crew members for a simulation mission who will live on a Mars-like environment on Earth for one year. Simulated missions help agencies figure out what the psychological response to a year of isolation and potentially stressful tasks will be. […]

todayAugust 8, 2021 1


NASA’s Mars Rover Is About to Collect Its First Rock Sample

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is getting ready to collect its first rock sample that’s set to become the first-ever Martian material delivered to Earth. The rover, which landed on the red planet in spectacular fashion in April, has been spending much of its time testing its systems and assisting the Ingenuity Mars helicopter by relaying flight instructions to the trailblazing aircraft. It also had time to snap a rather striking […]

todayJuly 22, 2021 2


NASA’s Mars Helicopter Is Now Helping Out Perseverance Rover

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has performed so well during its test flights on Mars that the space agency has now put the aircraft to work. Color images captured by its on-board camera during its ninth and most recent flight earlier this month are being used by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is overseeing the Mars mission, to map out a safe route for the Perseverance rover and help […]

todayJuly 14, 2021 4


Watch the Moon, Mars, and Venus form a celestial conga line on July 12

Early on the evening of Monday, 12 July, a thin crescent Moon will be seen low on the horizon, just after sunset. Just half a degree below and to the right of our planetary companion, Venus and Mars — the two closest planets to Earth, will shine in the twilight.This is a perfect time for families to venture outside, viewing the wonders of the night sky.“I’m NOT a Star” — […]

todayJuly 10, 2021 4


Mars Helicopter Completes Most Challenging Flight Yet

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter continues to scoot through the Martian sky, recently completing its ninth and most challenging flight to date. The multi-rotor aircraft broke several of its own records during the flight, as confirmed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California-based unit that’s overseeing the latest Mars mission. During its most recent flight, Ingenuity flew for 166.4 seconds, beating the previous record of 139.9 seconds achieved during its sixth flight […]

todayJuly 6, 2021 2


Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Prepares for Fastest Flight Yet

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z Camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast. This image was acquired on Jun. 15, 2021 (Sol 114). NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU The plucky little Mars helicopter Ingenuity has been flying faster and further over the Martian surface in its successive flights; most recently traveling 160 meters on its eighth flight. But now the helicopter team has […]

todayJuly 3, 2021 6


Check Out This View of the Van Zyl Overlook on Mars

You can feel what it would be like to stand on Mars with this 360-degree panorama of the Martian surface, captured by the NASA Perseverance rover. The interactive video includes a 2.4-billion-pixel image, made up of 992 separate images that have been combined into one, as well as audio of the sound of the Martian wind captured by the rover. The images that make up the panorama were taken between […]

todayJune 12, 2021 6