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China’s Tianwen-1 enters orbit around Mars
China’s first interplanetary mission, Tianwen-1, successfully entered today Mars orbit. Tianwen-1 will gradually lower its orbit to allow for observations of Mars. It will also begin preparations for the entry, descent and landing attempt of a 240-kilogram solar powered rover, an event expected to take place around May or... Read more
UAE’s ‘Hope’ probe to be first in trio of Mars missions
by marsdaily The first Arab space mission, the UAE’s “Hope” probe, is expected to reach Mars’ orbit on Tuesday, making it the first of three spacecraft to arrive at the Red Planet this month. The United Arab Emirates, China and the United States all launched projects to Mars last... Read more
SpaceX Starship crashes after suborbital flight
A second prototype of SpaceX’s Starship reusable launch vehicle performed a suborbital flight Feb. SpaceX planned to fly the vehicle to an altitude of 10 kilometers before landing on a pad at the test site. The liftoff and ascent of the vehicle went as expected, according to commentary on the SpaceX webcast... Read more
We are all waiting for Perseverance to arrive on Mars
After nearly 300 million miles (470 million kilometers), NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. But, to reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and LandingThe goal of the Mars Exploration Program... Read more
Mars To Earth Conference 3th Edition
Only one week to the Mars To Earth Conference 2021. Here the program of the conference. Registration free at https://marstoearth.org/register/Included in the event the the Mars To Earth Award, a challenge for students with a deadline for the submission of their projects January 15th . Read more
Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice
Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. These eight scarps, with slopes as steep as 55 degrees, reveal new information about the internal layered structure of previously detected underground ice sheets... Read more
China’s Chang’e-5 Moon mission probe touches down
China has successfully put another probe on the Moon. Its robotic Chang’e-5 mission touched down a short while ago with the aim of collecting samples of rock and dust to bring back to Earth. Unlike the launch of the mission a week ago, the landing was not covered live... Read more
Ancient Martian Megaflood: Floods of Unimaginable Magnitude Once Washed Through Gale Crater on Mars’ Equator
Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars’ equator around 4 billion years ago – a finding that hints at the possibility that life may have existed there, according to data collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover and analyzed in joint project by scientists from Jackson State University, Cornell, the... Read more
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Asteroid
NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. This well-preserved, ancient asteroid, known as Bennu, is... Read more
8 nations sign US-led Artemis Accords for moon exploration and beyond
Eight nations have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of principles that outline responsible exploration of Earth’s closest neighbor, NASA officials announced today. “This is just the beginning,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said yesterday during a phone call with reporters. “These deals will grow from here, and we’re excited... Read more