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  • Mars helicopter ready to take off for Red Planet: NASA
    SpaceMars helicopter ready to take off for Red Planet: NASA

    "The next time we fly, we fly on Mars," MiMi Aung, Project Manager for Mars Helicopter at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

    5 months ago
  • NASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind
    SpaceNASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind

    NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars on November 26, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian wind on the Red Planet, the NASA said.InSight sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 mph (5 to 7 metres a second) on December 1, from northwest to southeast, NASA said on Friday. Citing NASA, Xinhua news agency reported the winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit. "Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves." According to NASA, two very sensitive sensors on the spacecraft detected these wind vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer sitting on the lander's deck, awaiting deployment by InSight's robotic arm. The two instruments recorded the wind noise in different ways. The air pressure sensor, which will collect meteorological data, recorded these air vibrations directly. The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels, which are each 7 feet (2.2 metres) in diameter and stick out from the sides of the lander like a giant pair of ears. This is the only phase of the mission during which the seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), will be capable of detecting vibrations generated directly by the lander, said NASA. In a few weeks, it will be placed on the Martian surface by InSight's robotic arm, then covered by a domed shield to protect it from wind and temperature changes. It will detect the lander's movement through the Martian surface, said NASA. SEIS is recording vibrational data that scientists later will be able to use to cancel out noise from the lander when SEIS is on the surface, allowing them to detect better actual marsquakes. InSight landed safely at Elysium Planitia on Mars on November 26, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.

    8 months ago
  • NASA's InSight lands on Mars, sends first pictures
    SpaceNASA's InSight lands on Mars, sends first pictures

    Cheers and applause were seen at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as its unmanned lander – InSight – successfully landed on the surface of Red Planet. Based on the first pictures sent by the spacecraft, it looks to be in good shape so far.

    9 months ago
  • ISRO celebrates as Mangalyaan completes 4 years orbiting Mars
    SpaceISRO celebrates as Mangalyaan completes 4 years orbiting Mars

    The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO is celebrating the 4th birthday of Mangalyaan. Launched earlier in 2013, it’s the country's first mission to outer space. The Mars Orbiter Mission has successfully completed four years orbiting the red planet.

    11 months ago
  • Selfie on Mars: NASA's rover collects stunning pictures of Red Planet
    SpaceSelfie on Mars: NASA's rover collects stunning pictures of Red Planet

    The dutiful NASA's Curosity rover took a selfie of Mars which presents the stunning panorama eerie brown skies, with glimpses of Mount Sharp and ancient lakebed. The immersive snap has left the scientists in a state of shock.

    11 months ago
  • NASA's 45-day mission to restore Mars rover Opportunity connection
    SpaceNASA's 45-day mission to restore Mars rover Opportunity connection

    NASA revealed that they would begin a 45-day campaign of active efforts to restore communications with Opportunity once skies above the rover cleared to a sufficient level.

    12 months ago
  • Dust storm on Mars threatens NASA's rover: Know how
    SpaceDust storm on Mars threatens NASA's rover: Know how

    NASA's Opportunity rover is in danger as heavy dust storm sweep the landscape on Mars. The golf-cart-size vehicle was launched toward Mars in June 2003 and landed in January 2004. On August 26, the rover has completed 15 years on the Red Planet.

    12 months ago
  • NASA finds 'spiders' crawling on Mars
    SpaceNASA finds 'spiders' crawling on Mars

    Spiders on the Mars sound amazing. Isn’t it! NASA finds spiders crawling across the Mars landscape but don’t worry, they won’t bite you. This might have been David Bowie's backing band here on Earth, but the term has a total different meaning when we link it with the Red Planet.

    1 year ago
  • Ghost dunes may hint life of microbes on Mars, say scientists
    SpaceGhost dunes may hint life of microbes on Mars, say scientists

    Mars has been the planet of mystery for scientists since ages. In an attempt to understand the Red planet, scientists now feel that the ancient formations on Mars may lead to microbes. The crescent shaped strange ‘ghost dunes’ appearing on the surface of the planet could certainly reveal hints on the possibility of ancient microbial life.

    1 year ago
  • Valleys on Mars were formed by run-off rainwater, claims new study
    Science NewsValleys on Mars were formed by run-off rainwater, claims new study

    While scientists keep exploring the ‘red planet’ a new study claims that the valleys seen on Mars may have been created by run-off rainwater. Scientists are said to have found that the branching angles of the valleys on the red planet are alike those found in infertile landscapes on Earth. The surface of Mars holds the marks of structures that resemble fluvial steam networks on Earth. Scientists therefore assume that there must have been once enough water on the red planet to feed water streams that curved their path into the soil.

    1 year ago