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Solar System, Mars
Oct 28, 2021
How did the Perseverance Mars rover pick its exact landing spot? Believe it or not, the rover made the decision on precisely where to land just moments before it touched down. How?!
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Solar System, Mars
Oct 14, 2021
Did Mars ever look like Earth? We think it did! Ancient Mars may have been wetter and warmer — similar to our home planet. So what happened? Scientists like Dr. Becky McCauley Rench are trying to find out. Keep up with our Martian exploration efforts: www.nasa.gov/Mars.
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Solar System, Mars
Oct 1, 2021
Is there oxygen on Mars? Technically yes, but it’s nothing like the amount we have on Earth. So breathing is out of the question. However, there IS a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2) on Mars. Now a new technology — MOXIE — has proven that we can convert Martian CO2 into oxygen for use by future... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Sep 2, 2021
Is there weather on Mars? Short answer: yes! And just like on Earth it varies wildly. Now, thanks to the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, or MEDA instrument on NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover, we're learning even more about Martian meteorology with daily weather reports. Over to José Antonio... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
May 4, 2021
On April 19, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter became the first spacecraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another world. This historic flight on Mars has implications for how we will explore other worlds. Join experts from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team and upcoming Dragonfly mission to... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Apr 20, 2021
In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021. The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars' Jezero Crater and chronicled the flight... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Feb 23, 2021
The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern... Read More
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Solar System, Mars, Planets of Our Solar System
Feb 15, 2021
To land accurately and avoid hazardous terrain, NASA has developed an autonomous, vision-based system for landmark recognition, spacecraft position estimation, and spacecraft retargeting, which will be used on Mars 2020 and potentially other future missions.
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Solar System, Mars
Aug 13, 2020
Millions of miles from Earth lies a dusty, cold, desert world with a very thin atmosphere. You know this planet as Mars…but it hasn’t always been this way. There’s evidence that the Red Planet was much wetter and warmer, with a thicker atmosphere, billions of years ago. Could it also have supported... Read More
Solar System, Mars
Jul 30, 2020
The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter have launched successfully and are on their way to Mars! They will land in February of 2021.
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Solar System, Mars
Jul 8, 2020
NASA's next Mars rover has a name – Perseverance. Like every exploration mission before, our rover is going to face challenges, and it’s going to make amazing discoveries. The time at hand is hard. We have already surmounted many obstacles on our way to Red Planet, but as humans we will not give... Read More
Solar System, Mars
May 19, 2020
Help NASA explore Mars from home! By participating in the “AI4Mars” challenge you will teach future Mars rovers how to identify different terrain types, like sand, rock, and soil. 
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Solar System, Mars
May 4, 2020
Vaneeza Rupani was chosen by NASA from the finalists for the agency's "Name the Rover" contest for the Mars 2020 mission, Ingenuity is an apt description for the history-making spacecraft, which launches with NASA's Perseverance rover this summer. Here, we ask Rupani what it's like to be part of a... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Mar 13, 2020
NASA’s next Mars rover has a new name: Perseverance. After sorting through more than 28,000 submissions from K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory, one name was chosen. Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old student from Virginia who submitted the winning name, explains why he chose... Read More
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