Mars touchdown: NASA spacecraft survives supersonic plunge

Space 11/27/18, 03:08

Minutes after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight spacecraft sent back a "nice and dirty" snapshot of its new digs. Yet the dust-speckled image looked like a work of art to scientists.The photo revealed a mostly smooth and sandy terrain around the spacecraft with only one sizable rock visible."I'm very, ...

Anxiety abounds at NASA as Mars landing day arrives

Space 11/26/18, 05:26

A NASA spacecraft's six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale Monday in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains.The InSight lander aimed for an afternoon touchdown, as anxiety built among those involved in the $1 billion international effort.InSight's perilous descent ...

Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

Europe 11/23/18, 12:48

Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.This is the twelfth picture in a series of twenty-two that comprise the three-dimensional panorama of the planet Mars as seen from the Mars Pathfinder in this image released by ...

Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander

Space 11/22/18, 08:23

A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA's InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet.Their mission is to broadcast immediate news of InSight's plunge through the Martian atmosphere on Monday.FILE - In this undated photo made available by NASA in March 2018, engineer Joel Steinkraus ...

Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

Space 11/21/18, 13:24

For NASA's InSight spacecraft, it all comes down to the final six minutes of a six-month journey to Mars.The lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at supersonic speed, then hit the brakes to get to a soft, safe landing on the alien red plains.In this February 2015 photo made available ...

Mars getting 1st US visitor in years, a 3-legged geologist

U.S. 11/20/18, 11:49

Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years.FILE - In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA's InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed ...

Rocket carrying 1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan

Science 10/29/18, 02:59

A Japanese rocket carrying the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite has lifted off from a space center in southern Japan.The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency from its Tanegashima Space Center.Japan's rocket H-2A is launched, carrying aboard a green gas observing satellite ...

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover seen, but still not heard

Science 09/25/18, 15:36

NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, has been seen, but still not heard.A spacecraft around Mars has sent back a photo of Opportunity, which has been silent ever since a massive dust storm engulfed the red planet in late spring. The rover appears in the photo as a pale dot.The Mars Reconnaissance ...

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