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NASA Is Ready to Start Building Its Life-Hunting 2020 Mars Rover

NASA’s life-hunting 2020 Mars rover has cleared an extensive review process and is now ready to begin the final design and construction phase, agency officials announced July 15.

If all goes according to plan, the six-wheeled robot will blast off in August 2020, touch down in February 2021 in a yet-to-be-determined spot, and then explore the Martian surface for at least two years, mission team members said. Continue reading NASA Is Ready to Start Building Its Life-Hunting 2020 Mars Rover

Humans to Mars by 2028? Check Out Lockheed Martin’s Red Planet ‘Base Camp’ Idea

Lockheed Martin has launched its campaign to establish a “Mars Base Camp” — a vision for sending humans to Mars by 2028.

In its Mars Base Camp concept video, the aerospace compant Lockheed Martin lays out a plan that would transport astronauts from Earth to a Mars-orbiting science laboratory, where they could perform real-time scientific exploration, analyze Martian rock and soil samples,and confirm the ideal place to land humans on the surface. Continue reading Humans to Mars by 2028? Check Out Lockheed Martin’s Red Planet ‘Base Camp’ Idea

Mars Is Coming Out of an Ice Age

Radar imagery from a NASA Mars orbiter shows the Red Planet has been through cycles of climate change — and it’s currently thawing.

 Mars is in the process of 370,000-year-old climate shift that, one day, will leave the Red Planet looking fairly pink, new research shows.

Evidence that Mars is emerging from an ice age comes from analysis of radar images showing dramatic variations within layers of ice inside the planet’s northern polar cap. As the planet warms, more ice collects on its polar regions, the reverse of long-duration climate shifts on Earth. The cycles are triggered by variations in the planets’ orbits around the sun and their axial tilts. Continue reading Mars Is Coming Out of an Ice Age

Powered Up, Veteran Rover Soldiers Through Mars Winter

For a rover with a prime mission of only 3 months, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity sure is going above and beyond the call of duty.

On Monday, the veteran wheeled rover celebrated its 12th year (yes, that’s 12 Earth years, or 144 months) on the red planet and, although it’s been a hard road for the robot, it is still doing science. And it’s doing science during the most aggressive period of the Martian year, which is nearly 687 Earth days long. Continue reading Powered Up, Veteran Rover Soldiers Through Mars Winter

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