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NASA’s most metal mission will test new, higher-power electric thrusters

The Psyche spacecraft chassis was delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in late March, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech Over the next 12 months components will be added to the chassis, including scientific instruments. After it is completed, the spacecraft will ship to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. NASA/JPL-Caltech Artist’s impression of …

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NASA lays out plans for its first flights on Mars

Enlarge NASA/JPL-Caltech On Tuesday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted a press conference where it detailed the plans for the Ingenuity drone that hitched a ride to Mars attached to the underside of the Perseverance rover. The scientists and engineers behind the drone announced that they’ve now picked a site for what is expected to …

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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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