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NASA hopes that with the public's help in identifying clouds in data captured by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists can gain a better understanding of the Red Planet's atmosphere. The space agency has organized a project called Cloudspotting on Mars to do this, and you are invited to join in on the hunt for... Read more...
A Mars orbiter, famous for discovering signs of water on the Red Planet, is about to receive a software upgrade. While many are holding onto Windows 10 for as long as they can as Microsoft drives to Windows 11, the European Space Agency's (ESA) orbiter has been rocking Windows 98 for more than 19 years. The Mars... Read more...
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft captured an image of a creepy crater that resembles an eyeball staring out from the Red Planet's surface. The "veins" that run through the 30 km-wide crater are likely channels that carried liquid water on Mars some 3.5-4 billion years ago. The Mars Express... Read more...
The Mars Perseverance rover team at NASA found an unexpected piece of extraterrestrial trash as it roamed the Red Planet recently. But the litter is not as "alien" as one might think. When something is found on Mars that is not part of its natural environment, the first inclination is to be very excited. But as the... Read more...
NASA is calling on U.S. industry, academia, international communities, and other stakeholders to provide feedback and input on its Moon to Mars strategy. The feedback will provide valuable insight into the space agency's Moon and Mars missions for the next 20 years. The Artemis program is currently preparing to... Read more...
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover captured a photo earlier this month that looks like a hidden entrance to an underground alien base. The grainy black and white image was captured on May 7th by the rover's Mastcam. The thought of a secret Martian base beneath the surface of the red planet has been the fodder for many a... Read more...
Researchers have determined that a type of rock on Mars may be the result of cataclysmic eruptions from colossal volcanic calderas. The team from Arizona State University have been scouring data collected over decades, covering several Mars missions. A team of researchers led by Steve Ruff of Arizona State... Read more...
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter gathered footage recently of an 'otherworldly' wreckage site. The wreckage is actually the remains of the parachute and the cone-shaped backshell that helped Perseverance land safely on the Martian surface. The Perseverance rover landed intact on Mars back on February 18, 2021... Read more...
A recent Instagram post from NASA has some thinking the image resembles an alien footprint. Some even think it resembles a human fingerprint. NASA recently shared a photo from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that captured where zero longitude is on Mars. The image was captured by the orbiter's powerful HiRISE... Read more...
The first analysis of audio recordings from Mars reveal two different speeds of sound that scientists say would have a bizarre delayed effect on hearing. The Mars Perseverance rover landed on the red planet a little over a year ago, and has recorded five hours of sound picked up by Perseverance's two microphones since... Read more...
NASA plans on putting boots back on the Moon this decade, but it does not want to stop there. Administrator Bill Nelson said in the most recent State of NASA address, that the space agency also intends on setting foot on the surface of Mars by 2040. The upcoming Artemis missions will be historic in a few ways... Read more...
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover seems to have picked up a traveling companion. Late last month, an image was captured by the Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera A of a stone wedged in one of the rover's six aluminum wheels. Back on February 25th, 2022, an image from Perseverance captured a stowaway stone lodged into... Read more...
The European Space Agency (ESA) delivered a powerful message to Russia as it states it is "very unlikely" the ExoMars program will launch in 2022. The statement was made February 28th in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The ESA was scheduled to try and launch ExoMars, a collaborative mission with... Read more...
Do aliens, specifically humanoid beings, live on Mars? While many people would answer this question with a definitive no, others are hopeful that life forms will be found on the Red Planet. Some claim that an image of the Martian surface clearly depicts a humanoid life form. The rumors of alien life appear to have... Read more...
A team of architects has designed an extraterrestrial concept of a Martian colony that will have Elon Musk dreaming of a penthouse suite on the red planet. The concept attempts to take a proactive approach on future colonization, in light of how humanity has damaged and depleted our current home here on... Read more...
One of the many challenges human beings will face if they colonize Mars will be the question of what to do with waste. This will particularly be an issue on the trip to the Red Planet. NASA and HeroX are hosting the Waste to Base Challenge in which competitors submit their ideas on the best ways to recycle, reprocess... Read more...
NASA is currently attempting to unclog the bit carousel that houses the core samples taken by the Mars Perseverance rover. It seems that pebble-sized debris is keeping the carousel from operating properly. Just before the end of 2021, NASA shared a look back on its Mars Perseverance rover and all it had achieved... Read more...
Elon Musk took to Twitter to show off SpaceX's "Mechzilla" that will be used to launch its Starship spacecraft atop the Super Heavy booster rocket. The launchpad will first be utilized for upcoming NASA missions that look to put humans back on the surface of the moon, and eventually trips to Mars. SpaceX has been... Read more...
Smile, you are on camera! A deployable camera captured several photos of the Tianwen-1 orbiter in front of Mars. A few photographs show China's Tianwen-1 orbiter near Mars’ north pole and an individual photograph features Mars’ northern ice cap. The photographs were taken to celebrate the Tianwen-1 mission’s... Read more...
Could we live on other planets in our solar system or is such a dream a mere fantasy? Dr. Jim Green, the current National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Chief Scientist, recently argued that we could potentially terraform Mars and Venus. However, Green also contends human beings must stop “screwing... Read more...
With 2021 in the books, there is still much to look forward to when it comes to viewing the night sky in 2022. January will be bringing us a new Moon, a meteor shower, and the chance to see a couple of planets shining near the Moon. The last month of 2021 provided plenty for sky watchers to take in. The Geminid... Read more...
From taking selfies, to collecting core samples from Mars indicating possible ancient volcanic activity, NASA's Perseverance has had an eventful 10 months since landing on the red planet. The rover's name has certainly been fitting as NASA shares Perseverance's biggest moments in 2021. The past year has been filled... Read more...
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