“Edge of Space to Jezero Crater” — Testing MARS 2020 Rover

Jezero Crater Mars

 

“We first landed on Jezero Crater on Jan. 23rd,” said Heather Bottom, systems engineer for the Mars 2020 mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory describing NASA’s test simulation of the 27,000 actions and calculations the 2020 rover will perform in seven minutes in the early afternoon of Feb. 18, 2021 as it speeds through the hazardous transition from the edge of space to Jezero Crater. “And the rover successfully landed again on Mars two days later.” (more…)

“Ancient Seas, Cataclysmic Floods (& Life?)” –1997 Pathfinder Mars Images

Mars Northern Ocean

 

“Unlike on Earth, this sea was likely groundwater fed. If the ancient source aquifers hosted life, the proposed marine sedimentary materials at the NASA Pathfinder landing site might contain a record of that life, a location easily accessible by future missions,” said senior scientist Alexis Rodriguez.

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“Dinosaur Dust?” –NASA Revealing the Secrets of Untouched Apollo 17 Moon Rocks

 

Earth and Moon

 

Could there be dinosaur dust on the moon? The moon has been keeping secrets for billions of years, but we’ve had NASA samples of lunar regolith right here on Earth that haven’t even been looked at since they were brought back from the Apollo missions almost 50 years ago.

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“Revealed!” –New Swarm of Asteroids Orbiting the Sun Alongside Venus

 

Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Earth from the ISS

 

“It’s not every day you get to discover something new in the inner solar system,” said Marc Kuchner, an author on a new Venus study and astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “This is right in our neighborhood. I think the most exciting thing about this result is it suggests a new population of asteroids that probably holds clues to how the solar system formed.”

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NASA Update –“Other Milky Way Worlds May Harbor Beings With Alien DNA”

 

NASA K2b

 

One of NASA’s goals is to search for life on other planets like Mars, where there was once flowing water and a thick atmosphere, or moons of the outer solar system like Europa and Enceladus, where vast water oceans churn under thick layers of ice. What if life on those worlds doesn’t use our DNA? How could we recognize it? A new DNA breakthrough may be the key to answering these questions and many more.

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“Water on the Moon” –NASA Scientists Find Natural Source for Future Base

Moon Base

 

“We think of water as this special, magical compound,” said William M. Farrell, a plasma physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who helped develop the simulation. “But here’s what’s amazing: every rock has the potential to make water, especially after being irradiated by the solar wind.”

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