Perseverance Mars rover figures out how devils and winds fill the Red Planet’s skies with dust

Large amounts of dust that help give the Red Planet Mars its butterscotch-pink sky is being blown into the atmosphere by whirling dust devils and occasional but powerful gusts of wind, NASA’s Perseverance rover has found. “The gust-driven lifting that Perseverance has detected in Lake crater are the first really definitive dust-lifting event that we’ve … Read more

Mars ‘dog door’ found by Curiosity rover is just a weird rock

Over the past week, the internet has been wild over images of what appears as a doorway cut into a cliff on Mars. But scientists behind NASA’s Curiosity rover, which snapped the pictures earlier this month, said that while the strange door-like feature on Mars provides a fascinating “doorway into the ancient past,” it is … Read more

China’s rover makes surprising water discovery at Mars landing site

Zhurong landed in a large plain in Mars’ northern hemisphere called Utopia Planitia on May 15, 2021 — where NASA’s Viking 2 lander touched down in 1976. The rover’s primary mission, which lasted for three months, was to search for signs of ancient life. It has investigated the minerals, environment and distribution of water and … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover runs into another snag: pebbles

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has run into another snag on its mission to find evidence of ancient microbial life. In continuing to collect Martian rock and regolith samples, which will eventually return to Earth, the rover encountered a “new challenge.” “Seems some pebble-sized debris is obstructing my robotic arm from handing off the tube for sealing/storage,” the Perseverance team tweeted … Read more

NASA Mars Perseverance Rover: Pebbles Before Mountains

Mars Perseverance Sol 320 – WATSON Image: NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard SHERLOC WATSON imager. The camera is located on the turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. The image was acquired on Jan. 13, 2022 (Sol 320). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team has been working … Read more

‘Mystery hut’ spotted by China’s Yutu-2 moon rover gets an explanation

The image that caught people’s attention last month. CNSA/CLEP/Red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET The “mystery hut” rock on the moon now has a more fitting name: “jade rabbit.” CNSA/CLEP/Red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET The “mystery hut,” or “house,” spotted by China’s Yutu-2 rover on the far side of the moon turns out to be — … Read more

‘Mystery hut’ spotted by China’s moon rover gets an explanation

Here’s the image that caught people’s attention last month. CNSA/CLEP/Red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET The “mystery hut” rock on the moon now has a more fitting name: “jade rabbit.” CNSA/CLEP/Red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET The “mystery hut,” or “house,” spotted by China’s Yutu-2 rover on the far side of the moon turns out to be … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives in Roraima

Curiosity has awakened in a new mapping quadrant, called Roraima. The Roraima quadrant is named after the northernmost state in Brazil and Mount Roraima, which is the highest peak in the Pakaraima Mountains, which lies between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. The terrain in the Roraima region on Earth looks a bit like the area Curiosity … Read more

Outstanding Students Can Get Messages Beamed to Them By The Mars Rover – Pasadena Now

Teachers, educators, and community members throughout the U.S. can nominate their favorite students in Grades 6 to 8 who have demonstrated that they have the right stuff to move past obstacles and reach their academic goals to NASA’s “You’ve Got Perseverance” awards opportunity. The program, NASA says, will reward students who’ve shown that dedication with … Read more