The Perseverance rover kicked off its search for signs of ancient microbial Mars life. But to complete its full aim, NASA faces a monumental task.
NASA aims to collect dozens of samples from Mars' Jezero Crater in its search for evidence of ancient Martian microbes.
Perseverance drilled into Mars rock for the first time - only to find that the sample it cored had disappeared. NASA thinks the rock crumbled.
Flight 10 is a significant milestone: Ingenuity has now flown twice as many times as NASA engineers originally planned.
Europa could hold aquatic alien life in a vast underground ocean. NASA has finally set a date with SpaceX to launch a spacecraft there to find out.
NASA just landed a new rover on Mars, but the old one is still climbing a mountain and unearthing the story of how Mars lost its water.
Perseverance will scour mud and clay in Jezero's river delta and shorelines for signs of microbe communities.
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover will attempt to record video and audio as it plunges through the planet's atmosphere at 12,000 mph.
NASA’s Perseverance rover will attempt to land on Mars on Thursday afternoon. If Perseverance survives its supersonic plunge and jetpack landing, it will then search for fossils of alien microbes. Watch NASA’s live broadcast from mission control, and look out for video footage of the landing later. Visit the Business […]
NASA's rover must plow through Mars' atmosphere at supersonic speeds, deploy a parachute to slow itself, then fly to safety with a jetpack.
A supersonic parachute and a jetpack will help Perseverance land on Mars. A NASA video offers a sense of the footage the rover will record.
NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Thursday. The dried-up lake bed is the ideal spot to look for alien fossils because a river deposited microbe-trapping minerals there. Perseverance will search the lake bottom, shorelines, and river delta for signs of ancient microbes. Visit the Business section of […]
NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to plunge to Mars and land in an ancient lake bed on February 18. The spacecraft must weather a fiery 12,000-mph plunge, deploy a supersonic parachute, and navigate to safety with a jetpack. A realistic NASA animation shows that nail-biting descent in detail. Visit the […]
NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to land on Mars on Thursday. Entry, descent, and landing are the trickiest parts of a Mars mission, often called the “seven minutes of terror.” To land in the Jezero Crater, Perseverance will use a jetpack and advanced navigation system. Visit the Business section of […]
China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has beamed back its first photo: a black-and-white snapshot of Mars. The probe is one of three Mars missions arriving at the planet this month. Tianwen-1 aims to deploy a radar-equipped rover and seek underground water sources that may harbour alien microbes. Visit the Business section of […]
The Arecibo Observatory’s iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. The telescope’s suspended platform, which weighed 900 tons, crashed into its bowl-shaped disk below. The tops of three support towers snapped off as the platform fell. Arecibo’s destruction was not unexpected: The telescope was damaged beyond repair after two cables broke […]
The Arecibo Observatory’s iconic 1,000-foot radio telescope has been damaged beyond repair after two destructive cable breaks. If another cable fails, the telescope’s 900-ton platform would crash into its disk and could pull down three towers with it. Engineers are racing to deconstruct the telescope before it catastrophically collapses. The […]