Dust storm grounded Mars helicopter, but it’s ready to fly again

1/5 NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took this photo of the Ingenuity helicopter in April. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) – One of the Red Planet’s famous dust storms has kept the Mars helicopter Ingenuity grounded for two weeks, but the aircraft is scheduled for its 19th flight as … Read more

Nasa’s InSight Mars lander ‘wake’s up’ after dust storm

NASA A Nasa robot is dusting itself down after an intense storm on the red planet forced it into safe mode earlier this month. While it is said to be back to “more normal operations”, InSight, a NASA spacecraft which touched down on Mars in 2018, is still operating on reduced power. While the craft … Read more

NASA’s InSight Mars lander hunkering down in Red Planet dust storm

One of NASA’s Mars robots is in safe mode to save power while a dust storm blocks its solar panels from charging. The InSight lander, which is designed to study the interior of Mars, is stable in its safe mode, which the spacecraft initiated on Jan. 7, the agency said in a mission status update … Read more

China’s Quest for Space Power Starts With Moon Dust

HONG KONG—Nestled in 3.82 pounds of moon soil is what China hopes could be the answer to fueling its future. Chinese nuclear scientists are studying samples carried back by China’s Chang’e 5 late last year in the first mission to return with lunar material since the Soviet Union’s in 1976. One of those under the … Read more

Genshin Impact: Version 2.3 Events Shadows of Snow and Dust

These are all the new events that you already have available with the new game update and that will take you even to 2022. With the arrival of the version 2.3 “shadows of snow and dust” to Genshin Impact we will have the possibility to participate in a series of events to obtain exclusive five-star … Read more

Space Dust Solution: Instant Landing Pads Could Significantly Reduce Dust When Landing Spacecrafts

Space dust or also known as regolith could harm robots, which is a critical issue for future space missions. But Masten Space Systems, a California-based aerospace manufacturer startup company, has developed a technology that will reduce the problem of regolith while lunar landers land on the Moon’s surface. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)Artist’s conception of Starship … Read more

Space dust: A novel cure for a lunar lander killer

Landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface is tricky. As any engineer can tell you, dust doesn’t help. Billions of grains of crushed rock, called regolith, are kicked up during a rocket-assisted landing, a huge impediment to creating reliable, reusable landers. Dust is also a notorious killer of robots, which is a critical issue for the … Read more

Spacecraft tech turns moon dust into “near-instant” landing pads

Aerospace company Masten Space Systems has tested a NASA-backed technology to protect lunar landers from dangerous moon dust during both landing and takeoff. The challenge: To slow their descent onto the moon, lunar landers fire their engines just before reaching its surface, which kicks up the mix of powdery dust and sharp rocks coating the … Read more

Wild Idea Envisions Future Spacecraft Spraying Their Own Instant Landing Pads

Space exploration requires all kinds of interesting solutions to complex problems. There is a branch of NASA designed to support the innovators trying to solve those problems – the Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). They occasionally hand out grant funding to worthy projects trying to tackle some of these challenges. The results from one of … Read more

Perseverance has Already Detected Over 300 Dust Devils and Vortices on Mars

Dust devils are generally used as a trope in media when the writers want to know that an area is deserted. They signify the desolation and isolation that those places represent. Almost none of the settings of those stories are close to the isolation of Perseverance, the Mars rover that landed on the planet earlier … Read more