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October 9, 2019

 

A New Atomic Clock Could Help Spaceships Navigate Better

NASA recently launched the Deep Space Atomic Clock, or DSAC, on a test mission. DSAC should allow spacecraft to chart their own trajectories, essentially becoming self-driving spaceships.

September 24, 2019

 

Craters On Mars

A high-powered camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft recently took a picture of a newly formed impact crater on Mars. Researchers know that the impact happened sometime between pictures of the area taken in September 2016 and February 2019.

September 11, 2019

 

Water Sensitive Microbes

The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest desert on Earth. The only life there is microbial, and researchers study it to get an idea of what we might find on Mars.

September 6, 2019

 

NASA’s Twin Study

Mark and Scott Kelly are identical twin brothers who are both NASA astronauts. In 2015, Scott Kelly was launched on a record 340 day mission to the International Space Station.

December 25, 2018

 

Maybe We Can’t Terraform Mars?

Ever since the 1960s researchers have been studying the possibility of altering the Martian environment to make it Earth-like and habitable.

February 15, 2018

 

Would you ever want to be an astronaut?

Zero Gravity, Does It Exist?

Is there such a thing as zero gravity?

January 30, 2018

 

From the source: "This image is from a test series used to characterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012, and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site. The 100-millimeter Mastcam has three times better resolution than Curiosity's 34-millimeter Mastcam, though it has a narrower field of view. In the distance, there are dark dunes and then the layered rock at the base of Mount Sharp. Some haze obscures the view, but the top ridge, depicted in this image, is 10 miles (16.2 kilometers) away."

Frozen Water On Mars, Flowing Water On Mars

A climate model of early Mars explains how water could've flowed despite freezing temperatures.

August 31, 2017

 

An image of the Juventae Chasma, a box canyon on Mars. The canyon has different channels in it that some theorize were caused by different water sources. More about this image can be read at https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia21567/the-hills-are-colorful-in-juventae-chasma

The Disappearing Atmosphere

As of three point eight billion years ago, Mars had already lost much of its atmosphere.

July 4, 2017

 

The space suit John Glenn wore in 1962.

A Better Spacesuit

Engineers are designing a new spacesuit for Martian exploration.

May 17, 2017

 

via NASA: Crater water ice on Mars at Vastitas Borealis, seen by the European Space Agency's Mars Express.

Landing On Mars Is Hard

Due to an equipment malfunction, Schiaparelli plummeted over two miles and was destroyed.

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