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Mars And Beyond: Minisatellites Open New Vistas : NPR

NASA tried a communications experiment with its latest mission to Mars, and it turned out spectacularly well. On Nov. 26, as the probe known as InSight plummeted through the Martian atmosphere on its way to the planet’s surface, two miniature spacecraft — known collectively as MarCO — relayed telemetry from …

Huge Dust Storm on Mars Hits NASA’s Opportunity Rover

A massive dust storm on Mars has sidelined NASA’s Opportunity rover, stalling the robot’s science work as it waits out the still-growing tempest. The Martian dust storm was first spotted from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA officials said. “As soon as the orbiter team saw how close the storm was …

Mars theory gets dusted: Streaks may be sand, not water

This image provided by NASA shows the inner slope of a Martian crater which has several of the seasonal dark streaks called “recurrent slope lineae,” or RSL, that a November 2017 report interprets as granular flows, rather than darkening due to flowing water. Arizona scientists said Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 …

Space Sex Is Serious Business | FiveThirtyEight

We’ve done almost no research into this area, but it’s key to living on Mars. n January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these particular “kids” were in their late 30s, were astronauts, and were keeping their marriage a secret from their bosses at NASA only added …

Curiosity Mars rover sand-dune selfie – Business Insider

In December, the rover reached a new territory called Bagnold Dunes, which is rich with one of Mars’ most iconic landscapes: dunes. Right now, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is doing something exciting: shoveling sand. In December, the rover reached a new territory called Bagnold Dunes, which is rich with one of Mars’ most …