Hear the sounds of Mars with NASA’s interactive tool : NPR

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover took this image of the surface of Mars on Jun. 15, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU hide caption toggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover took this image of the surface of Mars on Jun. 15, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU If you hear one new thing today, how about making it the sound of wind on … Read more

At Mars, China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter and Zhurong rover are back in action after a radio blackout

A panoramic image taken by Zhurong released on announcement of the end of the solar conjunction period. (Image credit: CNSA/PEC) China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter and Zhurong rover are once again active at Mars following a communications blackout caused by the sun interfering with radio signals sent from Earth. Tianwen 1 and Zhurong had been in … Read more

Mockups of NASA’s newest Mars rover and helicopter will kick off a road trip in Seattle

Virginia student Alex Mather shows off a mockup of the Perseverance rover at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in July 2020, while Alabama high-school student Vaneeza Rupani points to an Ingenuity helicopter mockup. The students won trips to the Perseverance launch as a reward for naming the two spacecraft. (Photo by Ken Kremer / SpaceUpClose.com) Seattle’s … Read more

With the end of the conjunction of Mars and the Sun, it’s time for Ingenuity to return to flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter is ready to make its first flight attempt after a two-week communication blackout caused by the sun being directly between Earth and the Red Planet. The Ingenuity helicopter, a tech demo drone that was supposed to fly a maximum of five times in a month, has completed 13 successful missions so far, … Read more

Hear sounds from the Mars Rover captured by NASA’s Perseverance

Two microphones aboard the six-wheeled spacecraft add a new dimension to the way scientists and engineers explore the Red Planet. (NASA) – Thanks to two microphones aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, the mission has recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, and motors whirring as the spacecraft moves its arm. … Read more

Video Shows SpaceX Raptor Vacuum Engine Firing on a Starship As Elon Musk Eyes Mars

SpaceX has posted a dramatic video of the first firing of its Raptor vacuum engine integrated onto a Starship prototype. Starship is a reusable launch system being developed by Elon Musk’s company to carry people and cargo to the moon, Mars, and beyond. The firing test of the Raptor vacuum engine took place on Thursday … Read more

China’s Mars rover successfully survives solar outage, to continue trek of scientific exploration

Photo released on June 11, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows a selfie of China’s first Mars rover Zhurong with the landing platform. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua) China’s Zhurong Mars rover – the country’s first deep-space probe exploring the Red Planet – has once again embarked on its trek of scientific exploration after … Read more

China and Russia leading the race to Mars

China and Russia have surpassed the United States in the exploration of key space-related technologies due to shortfalls “likely” to prevent NASA from achieving its goal of a manned mission to Mars by 2033. That assessment reflects a failure to invest in the research and development of nuclear propulsion systems needed to carry humans to … Read more