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  • NASA confirms Mars rover's 1st rock sample grab, 40 to go Sep 07, 2021 10:55 PM IST

    NASA confirms Mars rover's 1st rock sample grab, 40 to go

    During Perseverance’s first sampling attempt in early August, the unexpectedly soft rock crumbled.

  • China's Mars rover soldiers on after completing programme Aug 21, 2021 07:14 PM IST

    China's Mars rover soldiers on after completing programme

    China's National Space Administration said on its website Friday that Zhurong completed its 90-day program on Aug. 15 and was in excellent technical condition and fully charged.

  • Want to pretend to live on Mars? For a whole year? Apply now Aug 07, 2021 09:44 AM IST

    Want to pretend to live on Mars? For a whole year? Apply now

    The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures.

  • Why is Elon Musk's Mars mission considered most ambitious? Find out here May 26, 2021 03:57 PM IST

    Why is Elon Musk's Mars mission considered most ambitious? Find out here

    Scientists and researchers have warned of numerous challenges including cosmic radiation, dust storms and lack of oxygen and water for Mars missions.

  • China's Mars rover starts roaming the Red Planet May 22, 2021 04:10 PM IST

    China's Mars rover starts roaming the Red Planet

    The launch last July of the Tianwen-1 Mars probe, which carried the Zhurong rover, marked a major milestone in China's space programme.

  • China releases rover's first photo after mars landing May 20, 2021 09:49 AM IST

    China releases rover's first photo after mars landing

    The four-day wait for the images — one in color, one in black and white, as well as a pair of small video clips — had prompted speculation that something might have gone wrong with the landing on Saturday. When China’s space agency issued a statement in response to those concerns on Tuesday, urging patience, the response online was biting.

  • China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program May 15, 2021 07:03 AM IST

    China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program

    Plans call for a rover to stay in China's lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia.

  • Perseverance, Hope and a fire god: A history of Mars rovers May 14, 2021 05:41 PM IST

    Perseverance, Hope and a fire god: A history of Mars rovers

    It's a relatively busy time for Martian exploration, with China, the US and hitherto space minnows the UAE sending probes to the treacherous planet, where failure to land safely is more frequent than success.

  • NASA's perseverance rover captures sound of Ingenuity flying on Mars May 08, 2021 11:50 AM IST

    NASA's perseverance rover captures sound of Ingenuity flying on Mars

    The space agency on Friday released new footage shot by the six-wheeled robot of its rotorcraft companion making its fourth flight on April 30 -- this time accompanied by an audio track.

  • NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completes historic first flight on Mars Apr 19, 2021 06:23 PM IST

    NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completes historic first flight on Mars

    Despite the flight's brevity, it marked a historic feat in interplanetary aviation, taking place on an “airfield” 173 million miles from Earth on the floor of a vast Martian basin called Jezero Crater.

  • NASA aims for historic helicopter flight on Mars Apr 19, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    NASA aims for historic helicopter flight on Mars

    The space agency had originally planned the flight for April 11 but postponed it over a software issue that was identified during a planned high-speed test of the aircraft's rotors.

  • NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars Apr 06, 2021 02:29 PM IST

    NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

    The ultra-light aircraft was dropped on the surface on Saturday after detaching from the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18.

  • Historic Mars helicopter test flight set for early April Mar 25, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    Historic Mars helicopter test flight set for early April

    The US space agency is comparing the Martian debut of its 4-lb (1.8-kg) solar-powered whirlybird, dubbed Ingenuity, with the Wright Brothers' first sustained flight of a motor-driven airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

  • Mars long ago was wet. You may be surprised where the water went Mar 17, 2021 10:56 PM IST

    Mars long ago was wet. You may be surprised where the water went

    The researchers suggested that a lot of the water did not actually leave the planet, but rather ended up trapped in various minerals that contain water as part of their mineral structure - clays and sulfates in particular.

  • NASA's Perseverance rover performs first test drive on Mars Mar 06, 2021 12:12 PM IST

    NASA's Perseverance rover performs first test drive on Mars

    The drive lasted about 33 minutes, propelling the rover forward by four metres, where it then turned to the left by 150 degrees and backed up 2.5 metres into its new temporary parking space, the American space agency noted in a statement.

  • NASA sent a secret message to Mars. Meet the people who decoded it Feb 25, 2021 08:36 AM IST

    NASA sent a secret message to Mars. Meet the people who decoded it

    Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.

  • I am Indian as much as I am American, says NASA scientist Swati Mohan Feb 24, 2021 09:17 AM IST

    I am Indian as much as I am American, says NASA scientist Swati Mohan

    Swati Mohan has been a member of NASA's Perseverance Rover mission since its inception.

  • NASA releases Mars landing video: ‘Stuff of our dreams’ Feb 23, 2021 12:41 PM IST

    NASA releases Mars landing video: ‘Stuff of our dreams’

    The footage was so good — and the images so breathtaking — that members of the rover team said they felt like they were riding along.

  • Microbes from Earth could temporarily survive on Mars: Study Feb 22, 2021 05:32 PM IST

    Microbes from Earth could temporarily survive on Mars: Study

    The researchers from NASA and German Aerospace Center tested the endurance of microorganisms to Martian conditions by launching them into stratosphere, the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere which closely represents key conditions on Mars.

  • NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life Feb 19, 2021 07:05 AM IST

    NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life

    Perseverance, the biggest, most advanced rover ever sent by NASA, became the ninth spacecraft since the 1970s to successfully land on Mars, every one of them from the US

  • Was there ever life on Mars? NASA's Perseverance rover wants to find out Feb 18, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    Was there ever life on Mars? NASA's Perseverance rover wants to find out

    NASA's Perseverance rover prepares for touchdown on the Red Planet on Thursday to search for telltale signs of microbes that might have existed there billions of years ago, when conditions were warmer and wetter than they are today.

  • China spacecraft enters Mars orbit, 2nd in 2 days after UAE Feb 10, 2021 10:39 PM IST

    China spacecraft enters Mars orbit, 2nd in 2 days after UAE

    The solar-powered rover — about the size of a golf cart — is expected to operate for about three months, and the orbiter for two years.

  • Explained: China’s Mars Mission is up next to orbit the red planet Feb 10, 2021 01:50 PM IST

    Explained: China’s Mars Mission is up next to orbit the red planet

    If the arrival at Mars succeeds, China will try to place a lander and a robotic rover on the planet later this year. It would join what could by then be a trio of NASA spacecraft studying the Martian surface

  • NASA to host virtual briefing on February 18 Perseverance Mars rover landing tonight Jan 27, 2021 11:05 PM IST

    NASA to host virtual briefing on February 18 Perseverance Mars rover landing tonight

    The Perseverance rover is supposed to land on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, carrying new scientific tools and technologies onboard, including the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

  • From fastest vaccine ever to hidden lakes on Mars: Here are the top science moments of 2020 Dec 19, 2020 05:26 PM IST

    From fastest vaccine ever to hidden lakes on Mars: Here are the top science moments of 2020

    The discovery and development of the novel coronavirus vaccine is probably the most incredible scientific achievement of 2020.

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