Washington DC (SPX) Jun 19, 2019
American businesses will help NASA land astronauts on the Moon in five years and establish a sustainable presence there, as part of the agency's larger Moon to Mars exploration approach. NASA has selected 363 proposals from small businesses and research institutions across 41 states to help advance the types of capabilities needed for those future missions, as well as to support the agency in ot
Washington (UPI) Jun 17, 2019
New research suggests the wispy clouds found 18 miles above the Marian surface are made of icy dust produced by meteors hitting the Red Planet's atmosphere.
The findings - published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience - are a reminder of the connection between space and atmospheric dynamics.
"We're used to thinking of Earth, Mars and other bodies as these really self-contai
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 18, 2019
The Sun is why we're here. It's also why Martians or Venusians are not.
When the Sun was just a baby four billion years ago, it went through violent outbursts of intense radiation, spewing scorching, high-energy clouds and particles across the solar system. These growing pains helped seed life on early Earth by igniting chemical reactions that kept Earth warm and wet. Yet, these solar tant
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 17, 2019
In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room.
Full integration of the mast - a process that includes installation of science instrument sensors, electrical wiring and checkout - continued int
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 13, 2019
Next summer, NASA is launching the Mars 2020 robotic rover to the Red Planet, loaded with equipment to search for signs that there once was life on Mars. One device, called the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument, will be used to detect chemicals on the Martian surface that are linked to the existence of life.
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 13, 2019
When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA's latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to help future astronauts brave that inhospitable landscape.
While the science goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to look for signs of ancient life - it will be the f
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2019
Robotically surveying lunar craters in record time and mining resources in space could help NASA establish a sustained human presence at the Moon - part of the agency's broader Moon to Mars exploration approach. Two mission concepts to explore these capabilities have been selected as the first-ever Phase III studies within the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
"We are pursu
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 11, 2019
There is a new plan to support the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Mars 'Mole' that is part of NASA's InSight mission. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) Mole is a self-driving penetrator that has hammered itself into the Martian subsurface to a depth of approximately 30 centimetres. Since 28 February 2019, it has no longer been able to m
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 10, 2019
NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet.
"Nobody's built a Mars Helicopter before, so we are continuously entering new territory," said MiMi Aung, project m
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 10, 2019
A newly installed webcam offers the public a live, bird's-eye view of NASA's Mars 2020 rover as it takes shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. You can watch as JPL engineers and technicians assemble and test the rover before it embarks next year on one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.
"There is so much happening and