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In a rocky Israeli crater, scientists simulate life on Mars

Here, in the Ramon Crater in the desert of southern Israel, a team of six - five men and one woman - have begun simulating what it will be like to live for about a month on the red planet.
Outside, other engineers and specialists work with a drone and rover to improve autonomous navigation and mapping on a world where GPS is not available.(Photo via Nasa)
Outside, other engineers and specialists work with a drone and rover to improve autonomous navigation and mapping on a world where GPS is not available.(Photo via Nasa)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 12:09 PM IST
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Signs of life on Mars? Nasa rover gets images of ancient river delta

Nasa astrobiologist Amy Williams and her team in Florida found similarities between features of the cliffs seen from the crater floor and patterns in Earth's river deltas.
The images from Mars reveal how water helped shape the Red Planet's landscape billions of years ago, providing clues that will guide the search for evidence of ancient life, a study said. (Photo via Nasa)
The images from Mars reveal how water helped shape the Red Planet's landscape billions of years ago, providing clues that will guide the search for evidence of ancient life, a study said. (Photo via Nasa)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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Study finds Mars' surface got shaped by furious floods from overflowing craters

The study found that the floods, which probably lasted mere weeks, eroded more than enough sediment to completely fill Lake Superior and Lake Ontario.
The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Nature'.(AFP Photo)
The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Nature'.(AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 12:35 PM IST
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Scientists create concrete-like material from blood, sweat & tears of astronauts

According to a study published in the journal Materials Today Bio, a protein from human blood, combined with a compound from urine, sweat or tears, could glue together simulated moon or Mars soil to produce a material stronger than ordinary concrete.
A common protein from blood plasma could act as a binder for simulated moon or Mars dust to produce a concrete-like material named AstroCrete.(University of Manchester)
A common protein from blood plasma could act as a binder for simulated moon or Mars dust to produce a concrete-like material named AstroCrete.(University of Manchester)
Published on Sep 20, 2021 07:58 PM IST
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NASA confirms Perseverance Mars rover got its first piece of rock

  • NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube.
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 7-foot-long (2-meter-long) robotic arm to extract samples.(AFP)
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 7-foot-long (2-meter-long) robotic arm to extract samples.(AFP)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 06:05 AM IST
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Nasa's Perseverance rover locks new target on Mars after failed sample attempt

  • The Nasa scientists will look inside 'Rochette' to determine whether they would move ahead to capture the sample with the Perseverance rover’s coring bit.
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover will abrade the rock at the center of this image, allowing scientists and engineers to assess whether it would hold up to the rover’s more powerful sampling drill.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 06:07 PM IST
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NASA Mars rover fails to collect rock in search of alien life

  • Scientists believe the crater contained a deep lake 3.5 billion years ago, where the conditions may have been able to support extraterrestrial life.
The mission took off from Florida a little over a year ago and Perseverance, which is the size of a large family car, landed on February 18 in the Jezero Crater.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
The mission took off from Florida a little over a year ago and Perseverance, which is the size of a large family car, landed on February 18 in the Jezero Crater.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:05 AM IST
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'Mail from Mars’ brings new images of the Red Planet. Seen viral pics yet?

"You’ve got mail from Mars,” reads the first line of the caption by Nasa shared along with the images of the Red Planet.
The image of Mars was shared on Instagram by Nasa.(Instagram/@nasa)
The image of Mars was shared on Instagram by Nasa.(Instagram/@nasa)
Published on Jul 31, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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Clays likely source of Mars 'lakes', setback to liquid water hypothesis

  • While the possibility of a potentially habitable environment for microbes on Mars excited the scientists, a closer look at the data along with laboratory experiments may have dried up the lakes hypothesis.
Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected clays nearby these ice sheets at Mars’ south pole.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/JHU)
Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected clays nearby these ice sheets at Mars’ south pole.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/JHU)
Published on Jul 29, 2021 10:14 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nasa InSight lander reveals deep interior of Mars for first time

  • Three research papers based on InSight’s seismometer data have provided much-awaited details on the depth and composition of Mars’ crust, mantle, and core.
Clouds drift over the dome-covered seismometer, known as SEIS, belonging to NASA's InSight lander, on Mars.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Clouds drift over the dome-covered seismometer, known as SEIS, belonging to NASA's InSight lander, on Mars.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 11:45 PM IST
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Mars' core, measured on seismic waves, found to be 'surprisingly' large and thin

Among other things, the InSight probe has revealed that Mars has an unexpectedly large core, with a whopping 1,830km (give or take 40km) radius -- just over half of the planet’s radius.
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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UAE’s Hope Mars Mission captures new photos of Mars' auroras, shares images

While taking pictures of the auroras was not part of the core observations planned for the Hope probe, its high-altitude orbit has enabled it to capture a global view of the night side of Mars too.
An artist’s impression of how Mars’ discrete aurora might be viewed from different views including the surface of Mars(UAE Space Agency)
An artist’s impression of how Mars’ discrete aurora might be viewed from different views including the surface of Mars(UAE Space Agency)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 11:46 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'We're going big': Nasa's Ingenuity copter to push its limits for next flight

The Ingenuity helicopter has till now remained close enough to the Perseverence rover on the Martian surface. However, for its next flight, Ingenuity will try to break its own records in distance, time aloft, and groundspeed, Nasa said.
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 12:29 PM IST
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Nasa's Perseverance rover 'takes the wheel' in search of signs of ancient life

  • AutoNav is considered to be the key feature in helping the Perseverance rover in its first science campaign on the floor of Jezero Crater.
This photo shows Nasa's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter after its sixth flight, captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard Nasa's Perseverance rover.(Nasa File Photo)
This photo shows Nasa's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter after its sixth flight, captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard Nasa's Perseverance rover.(Nasa File Photo)
Published on Jul 02, 2021 06:54 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Scientists closer to solving methane mystery on Mars, says Nasa

  • The mystery of methane gas intensified after ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter sent by the European Space Agency failed to detect any methane higher in the Martian atmosphere.
Nasa Curiosity rover’s repeated detections of methane right above the surface of Gale Crater has captivated scientists and nonscientists alike.(Nasa/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Nasa Curiosity rover’s repeated detections of methane right above the surface of Gale Crater has captivated scientists and nonscientists alike.(Nasa/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 06:40 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

China plans its first crewed mission to Mars in 2033

China is also planning to set up a base in the south pole of the Moon and is deploying robotic expeditions to asteroids and Jupiter around 2030.
Crewed launches to Mars are planned for 2033, 2035, 2037, 2041 and beyond, the head of China's main rocket maker, Wang Xiaojun, told a space exploration conference in Russia recently by video link.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS)
Crewed launches to Mars are planned for 2033, 2035, 2037, 2041 and beyond, the head of China's main rocket maker, Wang Xiaojun, told a space exploration conference in Russia recently by video link.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 10:24 AM IST
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A selfie from Mars: China's Zhurong rover spreads its 'wings' on Red Planet

China's Zhurong rover captured what is technically a selfie, more of a "group photo" to be precise, where it put a wireless camera on the Martian surface before scooting back to spread its wings and pose before it. The rover also made sure to include its landing platform in the frame.
China’s Zhurong rover with its landing platform in a
China’s Zhurong rover with its landing platform in a "selfie" from the surface of the Red Planet. (Photo via China National Space Administration (CNSA))
Published on Jun 12, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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Chinese Mars rover beams back first photos

Zhurong, named after a mythical Chinese fire god, arrived a few months behind the United States' latest probe to Mars -- Perseverance -- and has been celebrated in China as a milestone in its ascent to space superpower status.
In this black and white photo taken by China's Zhurong Mars rover and made available by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Wednesday, extension arms and a departure ramp are deployed on the rover's lander on the surface of Mars. (AP)
In this black and white photo taken by China's Zhurong Mars rover and made available by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Wednesday, extension arms and a departure ramp are deployed on the rover's lander on the surface of Mars. (AP)
Published on May 20, 2021 06:09 AM IST
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'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover makes history, touches down on red planet

This makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing, and roving operation during its first mission to Mars -- a feat unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet so far, the United States and Russia.
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Published on May 15, 2021 07:25 PM IST
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China's unmanned spacecraft lands on surface of Mars

The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, "leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first time," state news agency Xinhua reported.
After more than six months in transit, Tianwen-1 reached the Red Planet in February where it had been in orbit since.(AP)
After more than six months in transit, Tianwen-1 reached the Red Planet in February where it had been in orbit since.(AP)
Published on May 15, 2021 08:44 AM IST
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Nasa captures sound of chopper blades on Mars

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio on Friday, just before Ingenuity made its fifth test flight, a short one-way trip to a new airfield.
Shadow of Ingenuity on the Martian surface. (AP)
Shadow of Ingenuity on the Martian surface. (AP)
Published on May 09, 2021 01:52 AM IST
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Bob Marley's son Ziggy Marley to perform at Earth Day Eve 2021 streaming concert

  • Bob Marley and Rita Marley's son Ziggy Marley will be one of the highlights of Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 streaming concert on Wednesday where he will pull out an acoustic guitar and sing 'I Don't Wanna Live On Mars' song from his 2014 album 'Fly Rasta'
Bob Marley's son Ziggy Marley to perform at Earth Day Eve 2021 streaming concert(Twitter/ziggymarley)
Bob Marley's son Ziggy Marley to perform at Earth Day Eve 2021 streaming concert(Twitter/ziggymarley)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 10:05 AM IST
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Nasa believes Ingenuity Mars helicopter will lift off this time. Here’s why

  • Nasa had previously postponed the first flight attempt of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars after an issue was flagged during a high-speed test of the rotor blades.
Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter does a slow spin test of its blades, on April 8, 2021.(Nasa/JPL-Caltech)
Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter does a slow spin test of its blades, on April 8, 2021.(Nasa/JPL-Caltech)
Updated on Apr 18, 2021 05:04 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight could happen as soon as Monday

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's trip will mark the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another planet, and will help NASA reap invaluable data about the conditions on Mars.
Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter unlocked its blades, allowing them to spin freely,(Nasa/JPL-Caltech)
Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter unlocked its blades, allowing them to spin freely,(Nasa/JPL-Caltech)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 05:35 AM IST
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Moon-Mars occultation: Rare encounter of celestial bodies to be visible today

Moon-Mars occultation occurs twice every year.
The Moon-Mars occultation will also be visible to the naked eye. (HT Archive)
The Moon-Mars occultation will also be visible to the naked eye. (HT Archive)
Published on Apr 17, 2021 11:11 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter was dropped on the surface on Saturday after detaching from the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18.
This NASA photo obtained on March 24, 2021 shows an illustration depicting Mars Helicopter Ingenuity during a test flight on Mars.(AFP)
This NASA photo obtained on March 24, 2021 shows an illustration depicting Mars Helicopter Ingenuity during a test flight on Mars.(AFP)
Published on Apr 06, 2021 02:23 PM IST
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Nasa’s InSight lander has recorded over 500 quakes on Mars. All you need to know

  • Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the quakes further supported the idea that Cerberus Fossae is seismically active.
The mission team has started trying to partially insulate the cable from extreme temperature variations.(Twitter / @NASAInSight)
The mission team has started trying to partially insulate the cable from extreme temperature variations.(Twitter / @NASAInSight)
Published on Apr 02, 2021 09:27 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mars' 'missing' water is buried beneath surface, says study

Early Mars was thought to have enough water to cover the whole planet in roughly 100 to 1,500 meters (330 to 4,4920 feet) of ocean.
Using observations made by Mars rovers as well as of meteorites from the planet, the team focused on hydrogen, a key component of water.(AP)
Using observations made by Mars rovers as well as of meteorites from the planet, the team focused on hydrogen, a key component of water.(AP)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 07:31 AM IST
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Scientists decode how Mars may have lost its atmosphere

They said the findings confirm the belief that the magnetospheres around planets play a crucial role in determining their ability to sustain life.
Alternatively, planets that lose their magnetic field eventually become inhospitable with loss of their atmosphere, the scientists added.(Reuters)
Alternatively, planets that lose their magnetic field eventually become inhospitable with loss of their atmosphere, the scientists added.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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China's space probe sends back its first image of Mars

The five-tonne Tianwen-1 includes a Mars orbiter, a lander and a rover that will study the planet's soil.
The first image of Mars taken by China's Tianwen-1 unmanned probe is seen in this handout image released by China National Space Administration (CNSA) February 5, 2021. (via Reuters)
The first image of Mars taken by China's Tianwen-1 unmanned probe is seen in this handout image released by China National Space Administration (CNSA) February 5, 2021. (via Reuters)
Published on Feb 06, 2021 08:20 AM IST
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