caption An illustration of NASA’s InSight Mars probe about to land on the Martian surface. source NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight robot will attempt a Mars landing around 3 p.m. ET on Monday, November 26. The $830-million mission must perfectly execute thousands of steps to not burn up, crash, or get tossed into deep space. NASA‘s … [Read more...] about NASA’s $830-million Mars mission is about to land. Here’s a second-by-second timeline of the InSight probe’s treacherous journey to the Martian surface.
A mysterious white-colored plume extending some 950 miles (just over 1,500 kilometers) has been spotted on the leeward side of the Arsia Mons volcano on Mars. Unlike other Martian cloud structures that seem to poof in and out of existence, this one has staying power, with the lengthy plume hovering near Arsia Mons since Sept. 13 and seen as recently as Nov. 12, according to … [Read more...] about 950-Mile-Long Cloud Spotted Over Martian Volcano. And It Has Staying Power.
NASA scientists selected the spot on Mars where they plan to land their next rover in 2020 — a region that was likely an ancient river delta on the Red Planet. The spacecraft will aim to touch down in Jezero Crater, an area that may have been habitable billions of years ago. NASA took particular care in selecting this spot to explore; someday, samples collected by the … [Read more...] about NASA will send its rover to a Martian delta to look for signs of ancient life
NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, fell silent earlier this year, but even if it never regains full function, it had one last gift to give. Scientists have transformed Opportunity's image of its 5000th sunrise on Mars into music using a process called data sonification. “Image sonification is a really flexible technique to explore science and it can be used in several … [Read more...] about The sounds of a Martian sunrise inspire short musical composition
Advertisement Editor’s Picks The Martian: Andy Weir Explains What He Got Right and Wrong Imagining Our Martian Future How NASA Built Its Mars Rovers The year is 2038. After 18 months living and working on the surface of Mars, a crew of six explorers boards a deep-space transport rocket and leaves for Earth. No humans are staying behind, but work goes … [Read more...] about How NASA Will Use Robots to Create Rocket Fuel From Martian Soil