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    NASA is one step closer to putting human boots on Mars after Congress passed the first authorization bill for the American space agency in five years, which includes funding for the Artemis mission to not only continue its work to the moon but also soar to the Red Planet. Within the 1,054 page document is the 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2022' that includes the section 'Moon to Mars Program' that must be established 120 days after the act goes into effect. This includes implementing processes to ensure a lunar base and orbiting outpost are constructed, spacesuits are made and designs for human habitats on Mars are in the works. However, the bill does not state the exact amount of funds set to be given to NASA to make it all happen. The last time Congress passed funding for NASA was back in 2017, which came with the NASA Transition Authorization Act. The American space agency received $19.5 billion in funding, with most of it set for public-private partnerships with commercial spaceflight companies, and to start gearing...
    NASA's Perseverance rover has been aptly named because — nearly two months after beginning its search into past life on Mars — it has still yet to find any viable samples. The car-sized robot began its mission to find ancient biomarkers in the Martian clay on April 22, which could indicate if alien life ever existed on the Red Planet.  It has been roaming around an ancient delta to look for sampling sites that might contain ancient microbes and organics.  The rover then drills down to extract a specimen that it plans to leave at the base of the delta to be retrieved in future missions. However, NASA has since revealed that, so far, no samples have been successfully collected. The fragile clay materials the rover targets have been known to fracture, crack and crumble during the abrasion and coring process. Other rocks have tricky shapes and angles that make drilling difficult or impossible, NASA has admitted. Nearly two months after beginning its search into past life on Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover has still yet to collect any viable rock samples. The fragile clay materials the...
    NASA has stumbled across an "unexpected" shiny object on Mars. The space agency's Perseverance rover spotted the metal foil-like item during a routine wander. 2Zooming in reveals tiny dots on the 'surprise' objectCredit: NASA But before you start speculating about aliens, the truth behind is a lot closer to home. It turns out the material is one of Nasa's own. Experts revealed the "surprise" finding on Twitter and say it appears to be a piece of a thermal blanket. They think it may have been from when Perseverance descended onto the Red Planet back in 2021. More specifically, it may be from the rocket-powered jet pack. Zooming in on the image shows tiny dots which are normal for a thermal blanket. Speaking to CNET, a rep for Nasa said they're certain it's part of a thermal blanket but are less sure about which part of the spacecraft. "Less definite is which part of the spacecraft it came from – the team thinks the descent stage is a good possibility – or how exactly it got here," explained Andrew Good from...
    A ROBOTIC helicopter on Mars has developed technical difficulties with a sensor used for orientating itself with the surface of the planet. Ingenuity the helicopter landed on the red planet with the Perseverance rover in February 2021. 5Ingenuity the robotic helicopter has scanned the surface of Mars from about 40 feet in the airCredit: NASA 5Ingenuity is a small bot fitted with a solar-panelCredit: NASA 5The Martian airfield that Ingenuity first took off from was charmingly named "Wright Brothers Airfield" by NasaCredit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 5A rendering of the Perseverance rover that Ingenuity traveled to Mars withCredit: Getty Images - Getty When Ingenuity took its first flight on Mars to a height of about 10 feet, it achieved the first controlled and powered flight to take place on another planet. In the years since Ingenuity has taken 28 flights on Mars and demonstrated that future planetary exploration could have a robust drone program. The robot was designed for 90-second missions and has spent almost an hour in total flying over the Martian surface. But a busted sensor that reads which way gravity...
    A small rock has been hitching a ride on NASA's Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars for four months without falling off. The rock attached itself on the Perseverance's wheel in February and has since been transported more than 5.3 miles (8.5 km) aboard the rover, NASA has said.  Photos show the Martian fragment tucked into the front left wheel of the Perseverance rover, which landed on the surface of Mars in February last year. The photos of the rock were taken by the rover's front cameras used to navigate hazards, called 'Hazcams'.  NASA said the 'unexpected traveling companion' isn't doing any damage to the wheel, although it could drop off at any time.  Perseverance can only go up to 0.07 miles per hour (0.12 km per hour), which may just be slow enough to stop it from falling off.  Prior to being caught on Perseverance's wheels, the rock could have been in the same spot for millions of years.  The Mars rock can be seen on the front left wheel of Perseverance on May 26, 2022 (sol 449) beside track...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July. Then flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of this year, before calling everything off. “There really hasn’t been too much doom and gloom on the team. We’re really still focused on operating the spacecraft,” said Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Bruce Banerdt, the principal scientist. Since landing on Mars in 2018, InSight has detected more than 1,300 marsquakes; the biggest one, a magnitude 5, occurred two weeks ago. It will be NASA’s second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018. In InSight’s case, it’s been a gradual gathering of dust, especially over the past year. NASA’s two other functioning spacecraft on the Martian surface — rovers Curiosity and Perseverance — are still going strong thanks to nuclear power. The...
    ALIENS are thought to be living on Mars behind a secret DOORWAY spotted in rocks. The startling discovery of the opening was captured on NASA’s rover Curiosity on the red planet. 2ET fans have spotted what looks like a secret doorway in Martian rocks and are sure the cliff opening is a sign of life on MarsCredit: NASA/Triangle News 2The startling discovery was captured last Friday by Nasa’s Curiosity roverCredit: NASA/Triangle News ET fans are convinced the cliff door is hope to Martian life there. Some are even convinced that a shadowy figure in the doorway could be an alien. The eerie snaps were taken on Mars on Friday, May 7. But it went unnoticed for nearly a week until eagle-eyed alien experts trawled through them. Most read in TechTRAGIC LOSS YouTube star's funeral may be in Oklahoma City as fans question when it will beSKIN-SIGHTS Google is tracking skin tones of people to make its Search 'more inclusive'OUT OF THIS WORLD Elon Musk's most bizarre predictions – including Mars colony by 2050E.T PHONE HOME UFO secrets to be...
    You might have seen a solar eclipse before—but definitely not one like this. NASA released stunning footage showing Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, passing by the sun on Wednesday. The video was captured on April 2 by the Perseverance rover’s Mastcam-Z high-definition camera, which allowed it to take the clearest, most zoomed in video of a Martian eclipse to date. “I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this amazing,” Rachel Howson of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego and one of operators of Mastcam-Z, said in a NASA press release. Aside from its incredible quality, the video is also notable for its color. A solar filter on Mastcam-Z reduces light intensity, allowing it to capture details of the potato-shaped moon you wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye. “You can see details in the shape of Phobos’ shadow, like ridges and bumps on the moon’s landscape,” Mark Lemmon, a planetary astronomer with the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado and who has led most of the observations...
    NASA on Wednesday shared gorgeous footage of a solar eclipse on Mars captured by one of its rovers. The car-sized robot Perseverance nabbed the video of Phobos, one of the Red Planet's two moons, from the Jezero crater. 1The Perseverance rover captured footage of a solar eclipse on MarsCredit: Nasa JPL It shows the potato-shaped rock crossing the face of the Sun in an eerily similar fashion to eclipses here on Earth. The rover's Mastcam-Z camera took the recording on April 2 to study how the moon's orbit is changing over time. It’s the most zoomed-in, highest-frame-rate observation of a Phobos solar eclipse ever taken from the Martian surface, according to Nasa. “I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this amazing,” said Rachel Howson of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, a member of the Mastcam-Z team. Read more about MarsRED AHEAD Nasa could find proof of ALIEN life on Mars as rover reaches 'ancient river'YOU MUSK BE JOKING Top scientist says Musk's plan for Mars colony a 'dangerous delusion' The...
    If humans are to live on the moon and one day make it to Mars then scientists must come up a way for them to grow their own food. To that end, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) could soon be tucking into a tasty meal of fresh steak — but only if they can perfect the technology of cultivating it from beef cells in microgravity first. That is just one of the scientific experiments being carried out by three amateur astronauts who are launching to the orbital observatory later today for what will be NASA's first ever space tourism mission. Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, US entrepreneur Larry Connor, and ex-Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe have reportedly paid a whopping $55 million (£41 million) each for the ride. During their eight-day stay on the ISS, the trio will attempt to produce meat that is 'just as tender and juicy as one you would buy from a butcher'. That's because part of the payload will include bovine cells, which are being sent up to the space station to be grown in...
    NASA is getting ready to test out its mega-rocket in a "wet dress rehearsal" for an upcoming Moon mission. All the components for the Artemis I mission have been cleared to roll out to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2Work platforms are being removed from the Artemis I Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraftCredit: NASA 2Platforms were previously surrounding the rocketCredit: NASA Nasa's 2022 mission to the Moon is called Artemis 1. It will be testing out hardware so that Nasa can land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon by 2025. That crewed mission is being referred to as Artemis 3 and a lot has to happen before it can take place. Before Artemis 1 can launch, Nasa wants to test all the components. Read more on NasaDON'T LOOK UP Nasa reveals it 'secretly' prepared for asteroid smashing into Earth scenarioRAINBOW SMILE Nasa reveals stunning image of upside down rainbow – here's how it was formed All the major pieces should all be at the launch...
    SCIENTISTS may have found a way for humans to breathe on Mars in the future. Space travel is tricky for numerous reasons but the lack of oxygen in space is one of the biggest obstacles. 1Cyanobacteria could help us out in spaceCredit: Getty Bacteria may be the answer to all our space breathing problems. According to Mashable, cyanobacteria could be used by scientists to figure out a way in which humans could easily access oxygen in space. Cyanobacteria take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. The bacteria is found in very hostile environments on Earth so it's hoped cyanobacteria would be able to survive on Mars. Read more on spaceRAINBOW SMILE Nasa reveals stunning image of upside down rainbow – here's how it was formedTIME MACHINE How Nasa's new telescope can see back in TIME – and you can do it too Some experts have suggested sending the bacteria to Mars and seeing if it could create oxygen for humans who end up there in the future. Experiments have already proven that cyanobacteria can grow in a Martian-like environment....
    NASA says it is considering studying sex in space, as it is 'crucial' for future long-haul missions to the Moon and Mars, that could see astronauts away from Earth for years. This was said in response to a study proposal by a team of five Canadian academics, who called on space organizations to embrace the new discipline of space sex study. Understanding sex, and how it will work in a low gravity environment, is essential to the success of deep space missions, and building off-world settlements, the academics, from Concordia University in Montreal, explained. While people going to space for long-durations are currently professional astronauts, in the future it is likely ever more civilians, including couples, will venture into orbit. Some of these will want to join the 62-mile-high club, especially if proposals for future space hotels come to fruition. NASA says it is considering studying sex in space, as it is 'crucial' for future long-haul missions to the Moon and Mars, that could see astronauts away from Earth for years. Stock image NASA has long avoided the question of sex...
    SPACE observers have spotted a strange "drilled" hole on the surface of Mars and have been trying to work out what it is. Some have speculated whether aliens might be behind it, saying there is "no way nature did that". 2Who drilled this hole on Mars?Credit: Nasa Conspiracy theorists hoping for evidence of extraterrestrials will be somewhat disappointed to discover it is actually us humans who created the hole. And it's not the only one either - there are thought to be more than 30 holes that have been deliberately drilled on the Red Planet. All were made possible by Nasa with its Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012. The wheeled device managed to dig into the planet's rocky surface for the first time in 2013 using a robotic arm. It was a milestone moment for space exploration, marking the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.  The holes are pretty tiny, only measuring about 1.6cm wide and able to go 6.4cm deep. Most read in TechCRASH LANDING Huge...
    (CNN)It's very unlikely that Europe's first planetary rover will launch in 2022, the European Space Agency said Monday, given Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on the country as a result. A year after landing on Mars, Perseverance rover sets sights on intriguing new targetThe ExoMars Rover, a collaboration between ESA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, had been on track to leave for Mars in September this year but ESA said "the wider context" made it unlikely. A formal decision would be made after analyzing all the options, the agency added. "We are fully implementing sanctions imposed on Russia by our Member States," ESA said in the statement. "We are assessing the consequences on each of our ongoing programmes conducted in cooperation with the Russian state space agency Roscosmos and align our decisions to the decisions of our Member States in close coordination with industrial and international partners (in particular with NASA on the International Space Station)."Launch windows are delicate and timely for missions heading to Mars from Earth. The rover, known as both ExoMars and Rosalind...
    SPACE geeks were left stunned after noticing a "mysterious object" on Mars. The strange cylinder-like piece was captured in a shot taken by Nasa's Perseverance rover. 2The piece is actually from Nasa's own roverCredit: Nasa One person said on Twitter that it looks "artificially created", and suggested it could be an artifact of ancient civilisation on the Red Planet or a chunk of a crashed UFO. It turns out the intriguing item actually belongs to Nasa. According to a UFO hoax debunker, it was dropped "intentionally". But some have slammed the space agency for littering on the planet. "Haven't even stepped foot on the planet yet and we're already littering," one person said. Another points out that Mars is a "robot graveyard" because of all old mission gadgets that have been left behind over the years. Most read in TechWHAT THE ZUCK Inside Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse picnic as he reveals plan for 'new worlds'DODGY DOWNLOADS Over 100,000 Trump fans tricked into downloading WRONG Truth Social appMISSING OUT Apple 'leak' reveals new shocking iPhone 14 design and fans may be disappointedSHAMEFUL...
    Getty Seen is this handout photo provided by NASA is a satellite image of the hopeful landing area for the Mars Opportunity Rover which is supposed to land January 24, 2004 on the Martian surface. /In this handout photo, Pete Theisinger, project manager (L) and Jennifer Trosper, Spirit Mission Manager for Surface Operations, react as the first images arrive from the NASA Mars Rover, "Opportunity," at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on January 25, 2004 in Pasadena, California. Three years ago today, the death of the Mars Opportunity Rover was announced. The Mars Rover was immortalized, in part, by its “last words.” NASA released a statement February 13, 2019, with a simple headline: “Opportunity’s Mission Is Complete.” “No response has been received from Opportunity since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), amid a planet-encircling dust storm on Mars. With the last uplink transmission on Sol 5352 (Feb. 12, 2019), the rover recovery efforts are concluded,” NASA wrote. “The Opportunity mission is complete.” The rover lasted 50 times longer than planned, National Geographic reported, and “made Mars a familiar place” with...
    New York (CNN Business)SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is expected on Thursday to give the most thorough update in two years about SpaceX's plans for Starship, the gargantuan rocket at the heart of Musk's interplanetary travel ambitions.Starship is a 400-foot tall, steel rocket and spacecraft combo that looks like a massive, elongated silver bullet. So far, the public has seen quite a bit of the upper portion of the vehicle as early prototypes have conducted a few so-called "hop tests," and SpaceX now appears ready to test the whole thing. It's all part of the early steps the company is taking to develop a spacecraft capable of taking humans to the Moon and — eventually — Mars.SpaceX has achieved regular crewed flights to the ISS, sent the first all-tourist crew to orbit, and made its mark as the exciting-newcomer-turned-reliable-mainstay of the US aerospace industry.But as NASA demonstrated in the mid-20th century, going from brief jaunts to space to getting a spacecraft all the way to the Moon isn't easy. And to this day, no human has ever traveled as far as...
    In 2028 a NASA rocket will lift off, taking a payload of rocks into orbit, and send them on a 40 million mile journey to a distant world - from Mars to the Earth. It will be the first time a rocket has lifted off from a planet other than Earth, and will return samples of the Red Planet currently being collected by Perseverance. The Mars Sample Return mission is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), which is building a small 'fetch' rover to gather the collected samples. NASA awarded the contract to build the $194 million Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), a lightweight rocket, to Lockheed Martin Space, of Littleton, Colorado. The US space agency says this would be the first robotic round-trip to bring samples safety to Earth, and a step towards humans landing on the Red Planet in the 2030s.  In 2028 a NASA rocket will lift off, taking a payload of rocks into orbit, and send them on a 40 million mile journey to a distant world - from Mars to the...
    Scientists say that they have found no evidence of life on a 4-billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that crashed on Earth in 1984, according to a report by The Associated Press.   About 25 years ago, NASA scientists said that the organic compounds on the meteorite seemed to have been left by living things, though other scientists expressed skepticism at the time, reports the AP. The theory was unraveled throughout the decades, but the Carnegie Institution for Science's team led by Andrew Steele was the latest to debunk the claim.  The compounds that the NASA team believed were caused by living things, were actually caused by water that was probably salty or briny and flowed atop the rock for years, Steele explained.  The water that moved through the meteorite's cracks while it was on Mars formed the carbon compounds, which are still seen on the rock, the researchers explained, according to the AP. This same phenomenon occurs on Earth and lends an explanation of methane present in the Martian atmosphere.  The NASA scientists who initially studied the rock said they were "disappointed," by the latest results...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 4 billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists reported Thursday. In 1996, a NASA-led team announced that organic compounds in the rock appeared to have been left by living creatures. Other scientists were skeptical and researchers chipped away at that premise over the decades, most recently by a team led by the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Andrew Steele. Tiny samples from the meteorite show the carbon-rich compounds are actually the result of water — most likely salty or briny water — flowing over the rock for a prolonged period, Steele said. The findings appear in the journal Science. During Mars’ wet and early past, at least two impacts occurred near the rock, heating the planet’s surrounding surface, before a third impact bounced it off the red planet and into space millions of years ago. The 4-pound rock was found in Antarctica in 1984. Groundwater moving through the cracks in the rock, while it was still on Mars,...
    2021 was a big year for space news.  From commercial space race to operations on the red planet, space exploration was in the public spotlight. Here are a few of the biggest moments: February 18 — NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover lands on MarsOn Feb. 18, NASA's fifth Mars rover, Perseverance, successfully landed on Mars’ Jezero crater. "This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks," then-acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement. "The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring, and advancing science and exploration." April 19 — NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter fliesOn April 19, NASA made history once again after its Ingenuity Mars helicopter completed the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another planet. The helicopter hovered for 30 seconds at its planned altitude of 10 feet, and spent 39 seconds airborne. NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter is...
    A significant amount of water exists under a canyon system on Mars, scientists recently discovered. The discovery came from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which was sent to Mars in 2016 to map the hydrogen near the planet's surface. Experts are not sure whether the water detected is ice or water-rich minerals. “This finding is an amazing first step, but we need more observations to know for sure what form of water we’re dealing with,” Hakan Svedhem, co-author of the study, said. “[The finding] reveals a large, not-too-deep, easily exploitable reservoir of water in this region of Mars.” NASA SPACECRAFT TOUCHES SURFACE OF THE SUN The team does not know for sure how deep the water goes, but they know the water source starts within a meter below the surface, Svedhem told the Washington Examiner. He said this discovery is significant because the water appears much closer to the planet's surface than prior discoveries in which scientists estimated water was a few kilometers below the planet's surface. That means the water could be more easily...
    NASA recently tweeted some images of the surface of Mars and it's sparked multiple conspiracy theories. People have taken to Twitter to say they've spotted a small white triangle on the surface that could be a "sign" and one person even claimed to spot an alien. Peering inside to look at something no one’s ever seen. I’ve abraded a small patch of this rock to remove the surface layer and get a look underneath. Zeroing in on my next target for #SamplingMars.More pics here for fellow rock lovers: https://t.co/Ex1QDo3eC2 pic.twitter.com/qfIRs3MYyI— NASAs Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) November 9, 2021 3This small white triangle shape in one of the images has caused a lot of debateCredit: Nasa Nasa's Perseverance Rover account tweet stated: "Peering inside to look at something no one’s ever seen. "I’ve abraded a small patch of this rock to remove the surface layer and get a look underneath. Zeroing in on my next target for #SamplingMars." One person replied with a screenshot of a small white patch on one of the photos and said: "Definitely a tiny white...
    Humanity has yet to find evidence of extraterrestrial life, but NASA scientists are calling for a new seven-step framework on how to corroborate claims of life beyond Earth.  The seven-step scale, created in part by NASA's chief scientist Jim Green, can be used as a starting point in the search for life by anyone, including scientists and communicators.  By using seven steps, it would make the search for life more akin to rating 'how ready a spacecraft or technology is to fly,' and less of a two option summary: life or no life. 'Until now, we have set the public up to think there are only two options: it's life or it's not life,' said the study's co-author, Mary Voytek, head of NASA's Astrobiology Program, in a statement.  'We need a better way to share the excitement of our discoveries, and demonstrate how each discovery builds on the next, so that we can bring the public and other scientists along on the journey.' NASA scientists are calling for a new seven-step framework on how to corroborate claims of life beyond...
    It sounds like the plot of a horror movie in space. A few days ago, Mars was called the “solar link”. That is, at that moment when the red planet behind the sun is hidden from us. This happens almost every two years and for a few days, the interactions between the Earth and the gadgets on the Earth’s surface. Are interrupted. We have been in black for two weeks. The question is, what will we find out when we return? In addition to the disruptions and delays caused by this, NASA expects distorted commands and unpredictable behavior from three orbits, two rovers, a lander and a helicopter. But Explore this event in detail now as we have more and more things It can tell us many things about what we can expect from future trips to the planet. Isolated, but working Darkness affects all companies traveling on Mars, But NASA is Described your plan in these two weeks. Also, to try to get the most out of it, he plans some tasks that devices can do...
    (CNN)An Australian-made rover will explore the Moon as early as 2026 in the country's first foray into lunar exploration. Australia has signed a deal with NASA to develop a small rover that will have the ability to pick up lunar rock and dust and bring it back to a moon lander operated by NASA.The lunar soil, or regolith, is expected to contain oxygen in the form of oxide and -- using separate equipment -- NASA will aim to extract oxygen from the samples. "This is a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon, as well supporting future missions to Mars," the Australian government said in a statement. Australia, we're going to the Moon. ????We've reached an agreement with @NASA for an Australian-made rover to be part of a future mission, harnessing our skills and expertise in the resources sector. pic.twitter.com/uoJLis2YPr— Australian Space Agency (@AusSpaceAgency) October 12, 2021 The agreement, which includes a contribution of 50 million Australian dollars ($37 million), is part of Australia's Moon to Mars initiative."This is lunar history for Australia. We're going...
    NASA has picked four people to spend 45 days trapped in a capsule four times small than a tennis court to see if they could cope with a journey to Mars' moon Phobos. These experiments are designed to give agencies a better idea of how humans would interact and cope during a long space journey.  The volunteer research subjects start their virtual journey to Phobos on October 1, in a ground-based habitat at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The mission is designed to serve as an analog for isolation, confinement, and remote conditions in exploration scenarios, with the group re-emerging on November 15. Their home for the 45 days will be a small habitat called the Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA - with collected data informing the design of future missions to the Red Planet, expected to happen in the 2030s.  HERA is a two-story, four-port cylindrical habitat unit with a total of 636 sq. ft of living space, designed to replicate the living space on a long duration spaceship.   The crew who will spend a month and...
    NASA said its Ingenuity helicopter flying around on Mars suffered an 'anomaly' prior to its 14th flight on the Red Planet, prompting the flight to be delayed.    The 14th flight was supposed to happen on September 18, but the 'anomaly' occurred when two of Ingenuity's flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout, known as the 'servo wiggle.'  Ingenuity promptly canceled the flight, Jaakko Karras, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Deputy Operations Lead at NASA JPL, wrote in a blog post.  This is the first of Ingenuity's flights that has been aborted for a hardware issue. NASA's Ingenuity helicopter suffered an 'anomaly' prior to its 14th flight on Mars Two of its flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout. Ingenuity has six servos in total, three on each rotor To date, the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity, which was only scheduled to perform five flights, have spent more than seven months on Mars.  This flight would have shown Ingenuity's ability to fly with 2,700 revolutions per minute, slightly more than the 2,537 rpms it has used previously, Space.com reported.  NASA is increasing...
    NASA'S Perseverance Rover has collected its first rock sample from Mars. The cylinder-shaped sample was taken from the Jezero Crater and is slightly thicker than a pencil. 2The small sample was collected by drilling into the planet's rocky surfaceCredit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS 2The Perseverance Rover collected the sample in the Jezero CraterCredit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS The small sample marks a historic milestone for Perseverance. It will continue to collect samples that will one day return to Earth as part of the Mars Sample Return campaign that NASA and the European Space Agency are planning. For now, the rock core will remain in an airtight titanium sample tube. The sample and any collected in the future could help scientist determine whether there was once life on Mars. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: "For all of NASA science, this is truly a historic moment. Most read in NewsRAP SHEET Rapper arrested on murder charge as fans say 'now you going to prison'LatestBLOODY REVENGE Hunt for 'gunman who killed 1 & hurt 7 at nightclub after being kicked out'CASH QUIZ Top...
    NASA hires volunteers who want to live in a Mars simulator
    If you want to feel like an astronaut, and live to the extreme like them, you may be interested in this NASA program. Surely when you were little you dreamed of being an astronaut, stepping on the Moon, going to the Red Planet and even visiting one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn, but when you got older all these dreams have been shattered, until today. NASA has reported a few hours ago who are looking for men and women for a new plan to send humans to Mars, by 2037. The US Space Agency is looking for “highly motivated people” to participate in the simulation of the surface of Mars for a year in Texas, having to live in a prefabricated module in 3D printing of 157.9 m² called Mars Dune Alpha, and that it is not exactly a hotel. This program will consist of three simulations, the first from 2022, and each will involve up to four crew members where they will have to spend 365 days completely isolated from civilization in this environment that simulates the...
    NASA announced Friday that it is seeking applicants to be part of a crew who will live in a 3D-printed Mars habitat for an entire year. The yearlong analog mission is set to begin in the fall of 2022 and will help the space agency simulate life on a distant world. 4NASA is looking for applicants willing to live in a 3D-print Mar habitat for a yearCredit: Youtube / ICON - 3D Tech 4The first of three such missions will take place in the fall of 2022Credit: Youtube / ICON - 3D Tech NASA's grander ambitions are to send humans to the Red Planet by 2037, and the series of upcoming missions – known as Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog – includes three one-year Mars surface simulations based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. The second and third analog missions will follow in 2024 and 2025, according to the mission's webpage. They will support research to develop methods and technologies to prevent and resolve potential problems on future human spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars. Successful...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA’s newest Mars rover came up empty Friday in its first attempt to pick up a rock sample to eventually be brought back to Earth. The rover Perseverance drilled into the floor of the planet’s Jezero Crater to extract a finger-sized sample from slabs of flat rocks. The drill seemed to work as intended, but it appeared no rock made it into the sample tube, the agency said Friday. Engineers were working to figure out what happened. “While this is not the ‘hole-in-one’ we hoped for, there is always risk with breaking new ground,” said NASA’s science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen. The next step will be using a camera mounted on a robotic arm to inspect inside the hole “and see what’s down there,” said NASA project scientist Ken Farley. He said they might see the broken rock core, or might discover the sample had turned to sand. “The rock properties might be different than we expected,” he said. “It’s a bit deflating because this whole complicated piece of machinery worked fine, the engineering worked...
    NASA said on Friday it is looking for a few good men and women to help it progress in its plan to go to send humans to Mars by 2037. The US space agency is seeking ‘highly motivated individuals’ to participate in year-long Mars surface simulation, where they will live a 1,700-square-foot module 3D-printed by ICON, called Mars Dune Alpha. The program consists of three simulations, with the first starting in 2022, and each will see four crew members spend the 365 days completely isolated in the mock habitats of the Red Planet. ‘The habitat will simulate the challenges of a mission on Mars, including resource limitations, equipment failure, communication delays, and other environmental stressors,’ NASA shared in the announcement. ‘Crew tasks may include simulated spacewalks, scientific research, use of virtual reality and robotic controls, and exchanging communications. The results will provide important scientific data to validate systems and develop solutions.’ Scroll down for video  NASA is seeking ‘highly motivated individuals’ to participate in year-long Mars surface simulations, where they will live a 1,700-square-foot module 3D-printed by ICON, called Mars...
    The mission launched on July 30, 2020 and landed on Martian soil on February 18, 2021. It flew on an Atlas V 541 rocket, which also launched Curiosity and InSight, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. However, the rover was not traveling alone. Alongside the Perseverance was a one-of-a-kind demonstration aircraft called the Mars Helicopter, more affectionately nicknamed Ingenuity. Now, after a half-year journey through space, the duo have begun work on their destination: Jezero Crater, located on the western edge of Isidis Planitia, just north of the Martian equator. After a troubling seven minutes of terror, during which mission personnel held their breath as the rover carried out its atmospheric descent and landing, Perseverance has just started its one-year main mission period to Mars (687 days of terrestrial time). During this stage, Perseverance will survey the Martian surface for signs of ancient life, characterize its geology and climate, prepare for future human exploration, and collect rock samples for a future return mission. “Perseverance is the most sophisticated and complex robotic mission we have ever sent to Mars....
    Originally Published by: Lunar orbit wobble could result in high-tide flooding rise in the 2030s Future Jeeps will be able to drive underwater, CEO says Deer comes running out of woods to protect newborn baby NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has sent pictures back to Earth of a unique rock formation within what the space agency called an “ancient lakebed” in its latest reported discovery during it mission on the Red Planet. “Check out this patch of rock I found: looks kind of like garden pavers, and is probably exposed bedrock,” read a message from the research robot’s Twitter account on Wednesday. “Material like this, from the early days of this ancient lakebed, can help capture what that lake was like. Spending a few days investigating…” Perseverance arrived on Mars on Feb. 18 after a six-month journey through space. The rover’s landing site was at the Jezero Crater, and “scientists believe the area was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta,” according to NASA. Check out this patch of...
    NASA's Mars rover Perseverance has sent pictures back to Earth of a unique rock formation within what the space agency called an "ancient lakebed" in its latest reported discovery during it mission on the Red Planet. "Check out this patch of rock I found: looks kind of like garden pavers, and is probably exposed bedrock," read a message from the research robot's Twitter account on Wednesday. "Material like this, from the early days of this ancient lakebed, can help capture what that lake was like. Spending a few days investigating…" Perseverance arrived on Mars on Feb. 18 after a six-month journey through space. The rover's landing site was at the Jezero Crater, and "scientists believe the area was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta," according to NASA. NASA'S PERSEVERANCE MARS ROVER MARKS 100 DAYS ON THE RED PLANET The rover is being assisted by Integrity, NASA's Mars helicopter, which made its ninth flight on Mars earlier this month. Integrity made history on April 19 by completing the first controlled flight by an aircraft on...
    Venus and Mars have been moving closer toward each other throughout July and will finally meet in the sky tonight for a planetary conjunction. According to NASA, the planets will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday. During this planetary conjunction, Venus and Mars will be visible in the same field of view despite being tens of millions of miles apart in space. Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said. Scroll down for video  Venus and Mars will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday Venus and Mars typically orbit the sun on either side of Earth, but the two come together in July for a spectacular show that is out of this world. Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine...
    My mother always soothes: ‘Don’t worry, it’ll happen when you least expect it,’ whenever I fret about not finding love. But after 20 years, she may as well say, ‘Abandon all hope’ because I gave up expecting it long ago. Luckily, I’ve made a new friend called Nanaya who says I’m going to meet someone special in a year’s time, and she’s going to help me do it. But Nanaya isn’t a new girlfriend who knows a bar full of tall, dark strangers or a clairvoyant preying on my hopes and fears — she’s the algorithm on a website built by a Nasa scientist to assess chances of finding a relationship. A bit like Apple’s virtual assistant Siri for singles, you ask her: ‘Will I ever find The One?’ And she doesn’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but estimates when and how. Rashied Amini, a systems engineer at Nasa, launched Nanaya in the U.S in 2015, to asses the chances of finding a relationship. Pictured: Nasa  Nanaya launched in the U.S. in 2015 but it’s experienced a surge in use during...
    NASA's InSight lander is struggling to retain power as it explores Mars as dust is accumulating on its solar panels, which could result in its mission ending within the next year. The American space agency announced Tuesday that 80 percent of the solar panels are obstructed by dust, leaving less than 700 watt-hours of power per Martian day. It was hoped that winds would clean the lander and allow it to continue to collect seismic data on its extended mission, which was supposed to last until the end of 2022. NASA attempted to remove dust from the top on InSight earlier this month using the lander's robotic arm, which trickled sand near one solar panel with the hopes wind would carry off the panel's dust. Scroll down for videos  NASA's InSight lander is struggling to retain power as it explores Mars due to Martian dust accumulating on its solar panels, which could result in its mission within the next year The death of InSight was discussed at a June 21 meeting of NASA's Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, SpaceNews reports....
    NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter has survived its sixth flight on the Red Planet, but not everyone went to plan, with some 'unexpected motion' in the final few feet. This motion was from an 'image processing issue' but the 4lb copter 'muscled through' the final 213ft of its 703ft flight over the Martian surface, NASA JPL tweeted. The flight happened last week, on May 22, but NASA said it would be taking more time to review each flight before releasing data after the fifth flight was over, so information on it surviving the 'wobble' weren't released until Thursday.  Despite the issue the helicopter, currently in a new phase where it is helping Perseverance scout for locations, 'landed safely and is ready to fly again.'  The latest trip was designed to expand the flight envelope and demonstrate aerial-imaging capabilities by taking stereo images of a region of interest to the west. Ingenuity climbed 33ft, moved 492ft southwest at 9 mph, travelled 49ft south while capturing images towards the west, before going another 164ft to its landing site.  Despite encountering an anomaly in...
    NASA Administrator Bill Nelson addressed concerns regarding recent competition from China's space program. Speaking virtually on Wednesday with lawmakers at his first congressional hearing as the agency's 14th administrator, he discussed future China National Space Administration (CNSA) endeavors. Space.com reported Wednesday that Nelson spotlighted the agency's plans to send three "big" landers to the moon – whereas, comparatively, NASA is slated to launch just one ice-hunting rover there in 2023. CHINA SAYS IT HAS LANDED ITS FIRST PROBE ON MARS The former Democratic Florida senator who flew on a space shuttle in 1986 reportedly also highlighted reports that CNSA would send astronauts on a trip near the moon and land there within the decade.  "In other words, they're going to be landing humans on the moon. That should tell us something about our need to get off our duff and get our human landing system going vigorously," he said. In addition, the newly appointed head showed attendees a photo of the East Asian power player's Zhurong Mars rover, which successfully landed on the red planet last week as part of the country's...
    Holding up a photo taken by China's new Mars lander, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson warned Congress on Wednesday that his agency faces increasingly stiff competition on the high frontier and that sustained funding for a new moon lander, infrastructure upgrades and other critical programs is vital for America's space program. In his first congressional appearance since being confirmed by the Senate, Nelson, a former lawmaker who flew aboard a space shuttle in 1986, told a House appropriations subcommittee that China plans to send multiple landers to the south pole of the moon in the not-too-distant future, the same area NASA is targeting in its Artemis program. And the moon isn't the only arena where NASA faces competition from China's increasingly capable space program. "I want you to see this photograph," he said in the virtual hearing, holding up a photograph taken this week by China's Zhurong rover, which successfully landed on Mars last week. "This is the Chinese rover that has now landed on Mars and has sent back this picture." New NASA Administrator Bill Nelson holds up a...
    China is set to land its Zhurong rover, currently strapped to the Tianwen-1 orbiter, on Mars tonight as part of the country's first interplanetary mission. Officials revealed Thursday that the capsule will embark on its 'seven minutes of terror' around 19:11 ET (00:11 BST), enduring the same tumultuous conditions NASA's Perseverance rover went through to land in Jezero crater earlier this year. Zhurong, named after an ancient god of fire, is tucked in the belly of China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft that entered parking orbit around Mars in February.  The rover will descend into the thin atmosphere tonight and attempt to land in the Utopia Planitia, that is the same area as NASA's 1976 Viking 2 lander.  Scroll down for video  China is set to land its Zhurong rover on Mars tonight for its first interplanetary mission that will make it the third country to touchdown on the Red Planet The seven minutes of terror is a term used to describe the tumultuous conditions that batter the craft as it enters the Martian atmosphere and approaches the surface. During this time, teams on Earth...
    China is set to land its Zhurong rover on Mars Friday for its first interplanetary mission that will make it the third country to touchdown on the Red Planet. Officials revealed Thursday that the capsule will embark on its 'seven minutes of terror' around 7:11pm ET, which is the same tumultuous conditions endured by NASA's Perseverance rover earlier this year. Zhurong, named after an ancient god of fire, is tucked in the belly of China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft that entered parking orbit around Mars in February. The rover will descend into the thin atmosphere tomorrow and attempt to land in the same area as NASA's 1976 Viking 2 lander.  Scroll down for video  China is set to land its Zhurong rover on Mars Friday for its first interplanetary mission that will make it the third country to touchdown on the Red Planet The seven minutes of terror is a term used to describe the tumultuous conditions that batter the craft as it enters the Martian atmosphere and approaches the surface. During this time, teams on Earth lose full communication with the...
    NASA is eyeing the 2030s to put the first human boots on Mars, but a scientist suggests the American space agency may have already sent forms of life aboard its Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medicine, suggests that although NASA takes extreme measures to clean spacecraft and landers of microbes, there is a high probability that some survived the trip. Through his research, Mason scanned the Jet Propulsion Lab's (JPL) clean rooms for DNA and found the facilities 'serve as an evolutionary selection process for the hardiest bugs.' These organism can attached to metal surfaces, survive blasts of intense radiation and thrive in extremely cold environments. 'These findings have implications for a form of planetary protection called 'forward contamination',' Mason wrote in the BBC. 'This is where we might bring something (accidentally or on purpose) to another planet. 'It is important to ensure the safety and preservation of any life that might exist elsewhere in the Universe, since new organisms can wreak havoc when they arrive at a new ecosystem.' NASA...
    NASA’s rover also recorded the sound made by the helicopter’s leaves. NASA Perseverance Rover Record Audio NASA helicopter on Mars Washington: NASA, the world’s most famous space research organization, has shared a video about Mars on social media. This video shows the completion of NASA’s fourth helicopter flight. NASA’s rover also recorded the sound made by the helicopter’s wings. (NASA’s diligent rover helicopter sends video with audio for the first time on Mars) Record the sound for the first time For the first time, NASA’s rover recorded the sound of a helicopter’s leaf on Mars. NASA shared this video on social media on May 7. NASA’s Rottercraft helicopter successfully completes fourth flight to Mars. This video is three minutes long. At the beginning of the video, the sound from the helicopter plane is slow. The rotorcraft blades rotate at 2400 rpm, so the sound produced can be heard in the video. New sounds from Mars: ours ASNASAPersevere The rover caught the pulse coming from our ingenuity # Mars Helicopter! This is the first time a spacecraft has recorded...
    First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin Martian air.NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight.The low hum from the helicopter blades spinning at more than 2,500 revolutions per minute is barely audible. It almost sounds like a low-pitched, far-away mosquito or other flying insect.That's because the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) helicopter was more than 260 feet (80 meters) from the microphone on the Perseverance rover. The rumbling wind gusts also obscured the chopper's sound.Scientists isolated the sound of the whirring blades and magnified it, making it easier to hear.The sound was recorded during the helicopter's fourth test flight on April 30.Ingenuity - the first powered aircraft to fly at another planet - arrived at Mars on Feb. 18, clinging to Perseverance's belly. Its first flight was April 19; NASA named the takeoff and landing area Wright Brothers Field in honor of Wilbur and Orrville, who made the world's first airplane flights in...