NASA has an SUV-sized rover on Mars, and it’s sending new data back to Earth all the time. Landing Curiosity (and other rovers) on the red planet is no small affair. Check out these pictures of rovers and the extreme engineering that goes into a successful mission. Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Landing on Mars requires many years of careful planning and research. Illustrated here is the latest craft to touch down on Mars: Curiosity. See how we landed robots on Mars and the pictures they sent back on the following pages. Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Because of its size, Curiosity can't do an airbag-assisted landing like other Mars landings have used. Instead, the Mars Science Laboratory will use the sky crane touchdown system illustrated here, which will be capable of delivering a much larger rover onto the surface. NASA/JPL-Caltech This artist's rendering shows the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. What NASA terms the entry, descent … [Read more...] about Mars Landing Pictures
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The company Planetary Resources hopes to harvest space rocks for valuable resources and commodities. It is launching its Arkyd 6 probe (pictured) in December 2015. HowStuffWorks Flush from the successful launch of its first prototype spacecraft, a startup space mining company says it's on track to send robotic prospectors to near-Earth asteroids in as soon as three years. "This is something that's unfolding quickly, and it's happening faster than people realize," says Chris Lewicki, a former NASA engineer who's currently president and chief engineer of Redmond, Washington-based Planetary Resources. "Most people assume this is something that's 20 to 30 years away that their grandchildren might see. But assuming that everything is successful, we're on a roadmap that could see us exploring our first asteroids by the end of 2018 or 2019." If the robotic probes are able to find valuable minerals or other resources on the asteroids that they explore, the first test extractions could take … [Read more...] about A Space-Age Gold Rush? We Could Be Mining Asteroids by 2018
The precise location of NASA’s InSight lander within Elysium Planitia is now known, thanks to images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The InSight lander touched down on the Martian surface on November 26, with NASA scientists confident it had settled somewhere along an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) ellipse chosen as an ideal landing zone. But it’s exact location within Elysium Planitia—a flat lava plain just north of the Martian equator—wasn’t known until now. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a satellite that’s been in orbit around Mars since 2006, scanned the Martian surface near the suspected landing area on December 6, then again five days later. Images taken by its camera, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), revealed InSight’s location within the plain, along with the location of its discarded heat shield and parachute. Some of the objects in the photos have a teal-like hue, which … [Read more...] about Martian Satellite Spots NASA’s InSight Lander From Space
In a year where cruelty, deception, and unfettered corruption controlled all three branches of the U.S. government, The Onion’s flawless reportage and above-reproach journalism in 2018 exposed the dark underbelly of society and provided a beacon of hope that human civilization would finally and mercifully come to an end soon. Here, then, are the landmark moments of the year as reported with singular veracity by America’s Finest News Source. January | February | March | April | May | JuneJuly | August | September | October | November 2018 The Year It All Going To Fall Into Place, Delusional Sources Report WASHINGTON—Fooling themselves into believing things were going to be turning around, delusional sources reported Friday that 2018 will be the year it’s all going to fall into place. Read more. Brad Pitt Stumbles Across Old Cardboard Box With Gwyneth Paltrow’s Head In Attic LOS ANGELES—Making the discovery while searching his attic for a … [Read more...] about Year In Review: 2018
Geographical features such as the Echus Chasam have captured the imaginations of scientists and dreamers for decades. Did Martian water etch these valleys in the planet's surface? See more Mars pictures. ESA/Getty Images News/Getty Images For many earthlings, 2008 was a year of too much or too little water. While droughts and floods on this planet kept many people occupied, others had their eyes on the weather forecast millions of miles away, as the Phoenix Mars Lander touched down on our sister planet. In the 1800s, human imaginations ran wild as astronomers glimpsed what they took to be canals on the Martian surface. Scientists pondered the possibility of life on the red planet, while artists and dreamers such as H.G. Wells took the notion even further, imagining a Martian conquest of Earth in his 1898 book "War of the Worlds." As the decades rolled by, scientific discoveries subdued our expectations, but the questions remained: Has Mars ever … [Read more...] about Is there really water on Mars?