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Perseverance’s eyes see a different Mars

Enlarge / Perseverance’s two Mastcam-Z imagers (in the gray boxes) are part of the rover’s remote sensing mast. NASA The seven minutes of terror are over. The parachute deployed; the skycrane rockets fired. Robot truck goes ping! Perseverance, a rover built by humans to do science 128 million miles away, is wheels-down on Mars. Phew. …

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Perseverance on Mars: Where it is, and what the next steps are

Enlarge In their first press conference following Perseverance’s successful landing on Mars, NASA and JPL scientists revealed some information on where the rover landed and what to expect for the next several days and weeks as it begins its mission in earnest. Pics or it didn’t happen One of the first orders of business is …

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Perseverance rover has landed safely on Mars

Enlarge NASA NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, transmitting telemetry information and the first images of its landing site. A low-resolution driving-camera image shows a field of dust-covered rocks, with the unmistakable shadow of the rover hardware. The early images are so fresh that you can still see the dust …

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What it takes to get a job building robotic Mars explorers for NASA

After a thankfully uneventful seven-month journey, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is set to safely reach the Red Planet and insert itself into orbit on Thursday ahead of deploying the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter prototype that it’s been toting down to the planet’s surface in search for evidence of ancient microbial life. However, this expedition …

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NASA’s delayed Moon lander contracts cast doubt on Artemis timeline

NASA More signs are emerging that NASA’s Artemis program might not bring people to the Moon on time. The Verge has learned that NASA quietly pushed back the award timeframe for two lunar lander contracts from late February to April 30th, including the lunar landing system contract involving Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics. The space …

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NASA’s SLS rocket will go through a second and longer hot fire test

NASA NASA will conduct a second hot fire test for the Space Launch System’s rocket core stage as early as the fourth week of February. It will be part of the rocket’s Green Run series of tests meant to assess the core stage and ensure it’s ready for the Artemis I mission, which will send …

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NASA’s asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx probe will head back to Earth in May

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will soon bid asteroid Bennu farewell. NASA has announced that OSIRIS-REx will start its journey back to our planet on May 10th, two-and-a-half years after it rendezvoused with the near-Earth asteroid. The agency launched the spacecraft back in 2016 to collect samples from Bennu in hopes that analyzing the materials could give …

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After a decade, NASA’s big rocket fails its first real test

At 4:27pm central time, the SLS rocket core stage ignited its four RS-25 engines at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The test was to last up to eight minutes. Trevor Mahlmann for Ars The test looked, felt, and sounded incredible basked in the late-afternoon Mississippi sunlight. Trevor Mahlmann for Ars But ultimately, the test ended much …

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NASA says 2020 tied 2016 for the warmest year on record

Pawel Kopczynski / reuters Depending on what group of scientists you ask, 2020 was either tied or second only to 2016 as the warmest year on record. Measuring against a baseline of mean temperatures between 1951 to 1980, NASA concluded that the average global temperature of the planet was slightly warmer last year than in …

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2020 ties 2016 as the warmest year on record

Enlarge / Intense wildfires were one of the climate impacts linked to the recent string of very hot years. Bloomberg/Getty Images Today, NASA and NOAA are announcing that 2020 was one for the record books, tying with 2016 for the warmest year since we’ve been tracking temperatures. NASA rates 2020 as the warmest ever, although …

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