NASA Mars Perseverance Rover: Ejecting Martian Pebbles

Before / After Perseverance Sample Tube Shake: The animated GIF depicts the surface of Mars beneath the Perseverance rover, showing the results of a January 15, 2022 impact drilling test to remove fragments of core stone from one of the rover’s sample tubes. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech The team has made good progress in implementing … Read more

Possible sign of Mars life? Curiosity rover finds ‘tantalizing’ Red Planet organics

NASA’s rover Curiosity has found some interesting organic compounds on the Red Planet that could be signs of ancient life on Mars, but much more work will be needed to test that hypothesis. Some of the samples of powdered stones that Curiosity collected over the years contain organic matter rich in the type of carbon … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Drilled Holes Into Mars, And Found Something Very Strange

Because it is the foundation of all life on Earth, the discovery of carbon on other planets always excites scientists – and Curiosity Rover on Mars has found an unusual mixture of chemical elements that could hypothetically indicate the existence of extraterrestrial life. That is by no means certain, but there is a possibility. This … Read more

Steady Driving Towards Launch of ExoMars Rover

The long-awaited moment in the ExoMars mission will be when ESA rover Rosalind Franklin leaves the Kazachok landing platform and crashes into Martian soil for the first time. Going out is a carefully choreographed move that engineers practice on Earth. Credit: ESA The first simulation of the ExoMars rover that landed from the landing platform … Read more

Perseverance Has Run Into a Problem on Mars: Pebbles

A small pile of pebbles interferes with the work of the Perseverance Mars rover. The rover, which is collecting rock samples for a possible return to Earth, began the ordeal on Dec. 29, after pulling a core out of a rock the mission team called “Issole.” According to a NASA blog, the problem occurred in … Read more

China’s Yutu 2 rover identifies ‘mysterious hut’ on moon

Update (January 12, 2022): After a month of walking on the surface of the moon, Yutu 2 has finally approached an unidentified object and discovered that it was a rock of ridiculous shape. Foreign news shared images of the rabbit-like piece Von Kármánov krater last week. The resemblance is drawn because Yutu itself in Chinese … Read more