A collection of 24 posts
Astronomers Discover Traces of an Ancient Ocean on Mars
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University have found evidence that about 3.5 billion years ago, Mars had a vast ocean, which covered hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of the planet. Its existence was indicated by the topography of the shoreline.
Mars Is Littered with More than 15 Thousand Pounds of Human Trash
West Virginia University postdoc Cagri Kilic has calculated how much debris humans have left on Mars over 50 years of exploring the surface of the Red Planet. There are now three main sources of debris: discarded hardware, inactive spacecraft, crashed spacecraft.
A Rare Alignment of Five Planets Took Place on June 24
For the first time in 18 years, billions of people around the world could enjoy an incredible spectacle in the night sky – a parade of planets. This is an astronomical phenomenon in which several planets line up in a single arc in the sky.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Has a Traveling Companion in the Form of a Pet Rock
The Perseverance rover has shared an image of its traveling companion – a pet rock that managed to find its way into the front left wheel of the rover in early February and has traveled more than eight and a half kilometers (5.3 miles) with it since then.
Bacterial Species in Kombucha Can Survive in Mars-Like Conditions
Kombucha cultures were sent to the ISS to determine how they would grow and survive under extraterrestrial conditions. After 1.5 years of being under simulated Martian conditions outside the ISS, the samples were cultivated for 2.5 years.
NASA Shared a Video of the Ingenuity Helicopter's Longest Flight on Mars
On April 8, 2022, Ingenuity made its record 25th flight, traveling 704 meters at a maximum speed of 5.5 meters per second in 161.3 seconds. The video of the 161.3-second flight was sped up about five times, reducing its length to less than 35 seconds.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Reaches the Dried-up Delta of an Ancient River
Delta was formed billions of years ago at the confluence of a river and crater lake. On its dried-up bottom remained clusters of rocks and prehistoric deposits. These are the best samples to study the emergence and demise of organic life.
UAE's Hope Probe and NASA's MAVEN Mission to Share Scientific Data
NASA said it had reached an agreement to share scientific data between the Emirates Mars Mission and MAVEN mission teams. This should increase the scientific impact of both projects and help unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet.
Scientists Suggest Sending Astronauts to Mars Using Lasers
Scientists from McGill University in Canada have invented the concept of the laser catapult, which will help astronauts get to Mars in just 45 days. However, scientists do not yet know how to slow the spacecraft down once it arrives at its destination.
NASA Announced Plans to Send Next-Gen Research Helicopter to Mars
The successful demonstration of possible flights on Mars, together with the information collected by Ingenuity during its test flights, let NASA engineers move on to designing a next-generation flying spacecraft for exploring the Red Planet.