How NASA will launch Mars samples from the Red Planet

Work is underway on a vital part of NASA’s return plans for Mars samples. The Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) is a small, lightweight, two-stage solid propellant rocket with a big mission: blasting rock, sediment and atmospheric samples Mars in the early 2030s, in the first-ever rocket launch from the surface of another planet. The MAV, … Read more

1st country “master Mars” – China publishes stunning images of the red planet that wants to beat the US in the space race

China’s first interplanetary exploration mission, the Tianwen-1 Mars probe, was successfully launched on July 23, 2020. It had performed an extraordinary feat of orbiting, landing and traveling around the Red Planet. Two years later, the Tianwen-1 probe comes to an end. On June 29, China’s Tianwen-1 probe captured the latest images of Mars. The China … Read more

1st country “master Mars” – China publishes stunning images of the red planet that wants to beat the US in the space race

China’s first interplanetary exploration mission, the Tianwen-1 Mars probe, was successfully launched on July 23, 2020. It had performed an extraordinary feat of orbiting, landing and traveling around the Red Planet. Two years later, the Tianwen-1 probe comes to an end. On June 29, China’s Tianwen-1 probe captured the latest images of Mars. The China … Read more

BepiColombo Spacecraft Makes Second Gravity Assist of Planet Mercury – Captures Spectacular Close-Ups

BepiColombo Search for Volcanoes

The joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured this image of Mercury on June 23, 2022, as the spacecraft flew past the planet for its second of six gravity-assist maneuvers at Mercury. This image was captured by the Mercury Transfer Module’s Monitoring Camera 3 at 09:51:07 UTC, when the spacecraft was 1,406 km (874 mi) from Mercury’s … Read more

‘Super-Earth’ may be even more habitable than our own planet, study says

Researchers say rocky exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — with primordial atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium, have surfaces warm enough to harbor liquid water

‘Super-Earths’ outside our solar system that are rich in hydrogen or helium may be even more habitable than our own planet, a new study suggests. Researchers say that rocky exoplanets with atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium have surfaces warm enough to hold liquid water. The presence of liquid water is “beneficial for life,” so … Read more

‘Super-Earth’ may be even more habitable than our own planet, study says

Researchers say rocky exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — with primordial atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium, have surfaces warm enough to harbor liquid water

‘Super-Earths’ outside our solar system that are rich in hydrogen or helium may be even more habitable than our own planet, a new study suggests. Researchers say that rocky exoplanets with atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium have surfaces warm enough to hold liquid water. The presence of liquid water is “beneficial for life,” so … Read more

Mars Base 101: how astronauts can get the most out of a 30-day stay on the Red Planet

NASA is evaluating a first human sojourn on the surface of Mars that would last about 30 Earth days. Scientists and engineers discuss how best to use that month on the Red Planet. Has the Mars explorers plant a flag, simply try to stay alive, do valuable scientific work, or prioritize setting up equipment for … Read more