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NASA’s Mars 2020 launch runs like clockwork: Perseverance rover is on its way

NASA’s new Mars rover is headed out to the red planet, with Perseverance successfully launching this morning atop a mighty Atlas V rocket. The culmination of years of development and research, Perseverance will mark a number of firsts when it reaches Mars and begins its scientific exploration. Liftoff occurred exactly when NASA intended it to,…

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NASA’s Perseverance rover launches on trip to Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover launched on a journey to Mars Thursday to hunt for signs of past alien life on the Red Planet.Why it matters: The rover is the third spacecraft lofted to Mars this month, with the first two sent by the United Arab Emirates and China. Details: The car-sized rover launched atop a ULA…

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NASA’s new Mars rover is bristling with tech made to find signs of alien life

Deep down, our drive to explore Mars has always been about figuring out the story of life in our solar system. Are we alone? Were we always? Or is life on Earth descended from Martian progenitors? NASA is now on the verge of launching its most ambitious effort ever to chip away at those questions,…

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NASA’s new rover launches Thursday to look for ancient life on Mars

NASA is heading back to the Red Planet.The agency launched a new rover, a car-size robotic explorer named Perseverance, to Mars on an ambitious mission to scour the planet for evidence of ancient life.The rover, which launched into orbit Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET, is designed to study the geology and climate of Mars. NASA…

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A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA’s About to Give It a Shot

Later this week, NASA plans to launch its fifth Mars rover, Perseverance, on a six-month journey to the Red Planet. Perseverance will boot up a mission to collect samples of Martian dirt that might have traces of ancient life, so that they can be returned to Earth by another mission later this decade. It will…

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NASA’s Perseverance rover has one final review to pass before launch to Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is almost certified as ready for its trip to Mars, launching on Thursday, July 30. This week, the rover passed its Flight Readiness Review. The next hurdle for the project is the final Launch Readiness Review which will take place on Monday, July 27. The Launch Readiness Review will check whether all…

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NASA’s AIRS Monitors Tropical Storm Fay as It Deluges the East Coast

From its vantage point aboard the Aqua satellite, the instrument maps how much moisture the storm’s clouds contain. Tropical Storm Fay is sweeping across New England, with the center of the storm making landfall about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, at around 5 p.m. local time. At that time, Fay…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover is on a road trip

NASA is sending its Curiosity rover on a journey to a new area of Mount Sharp, the massive peak that sits in the center of the Gale Crater. The journey is short by Earth standards at just over a mile, but it’ll be a big accomplishment for the aging robot. When the rover arrives at…

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe place for close Venus flyby

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is set for a close flyby of Venus that will see the spacecraft come within 516 miles of the planet’s surface.The spacecraft, which is almost two years into an epic mission to study the sun, will make its flyby of Venus at 11.22 p.m. EDT on Friday, Space.com reported.“The spacecraft will swoop…

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NASA’s hi-res footage of a’moon buggy’ reveals space exploration in stunning color

NASA released surreal footage from the Apollo Space Program of the 1960s and ’70s. The stunning, high-resolution visuals give a closer look at a Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), nicknamed a “moon buggy,” traversing the moon’s surface. The moon buggy was the last NASA vehicle to visit Earth’s satellite.The video, which is in color, shows an…