Results tagged “Mars”

Listening For Opportunity Will Continue

After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future.

A new investigative technique has shown the latitudinal distribution of ice-rich landforms on Mars.

There is no shortage of eyeballs, human and robotic, pointed at Mars. Scientists are constantly exploring the Red Planet from telescopes on Earth, plus the six spacecraft circling the planet from its orbit, and two roving its surface.

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water.

Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Where Martian Dust Comes From

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.

Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories.

Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and gigantic outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft.

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.

Mars' north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers.

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.

NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.

This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.

NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.

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