#Rover

New Photos From the Surface of Mars

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China has revealed a new series of photos of Mars from the Zhurong Mars rover. Announced by state-owned news outlet Xinhau the images came alongside a statement that their release "signifyi[es] the complete success of China’s first Mars exploration mission". While the tone is grandiose compared to how...

China touches down on Mars for first time

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State media have announced China has ‘spectacularly conquered’ a new milestone - joining NASAs' Perseverance rover that landed in February - on the red planet. Zhurong - a solar-powered rover is set to survey its' landing site before breaking away from the landing platform to collect and...

Perseverance Mars rover: how to prove whether there’s life on the red planet

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We’ll soon be able to properly start asking the question: “Are we alone in the universe?” Nasa’s next major mission, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, will land on the surface on February 18. Following a complex landing procedure, it will get started on one of its main goals...

NASA’s Mars Helicopter all set for Next Red Planet Mission

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Ingenuity, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, is set to travel with the American agency’s latest Mars mission scheduled to blast off later this month. A recent article in the New York Times has documented NASAs pain staking development of the tiny craft. Currently, Ingenuity is attached to the...

Japan’s moon rover is a … Toyota?

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The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed it is teaming up with car maker Toyota to create the pressurized vehicle needed to transport two astronauts across 10,000 kilometres of lunar surface. While the idea of a 'Toyota Moon Cruiser' might initially strike you as bit silly...

Nasa confirms Opportunity mission is at an end

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Yesterday (Wednesday 13th February 2019) Nasa officially declared that the 15-year mission of the Mars Opportunity rover is over. Opportunity's first self-portrait on Mars Opportunity, also known as MER-B (Mars Exploration Rover – B) or MER-1 has transformed our understanding of Mars during since landing launching on July...