Just a few hours ago, an Ariane 5 rocket blasting off from a spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana carried the James Webb Space Telescope (or JWST) to the stars. The JWST has been in development for decades, with NASA, the ESA, and the Canadian space agencies all taking part in its development. The idea for […]
I can’t help but admire the little Martian copter that could, Ingenuity. It was originally planned to only fly five times, and as of last week it has made sixteen flights. This isn’t the first time a NASA space robot outlived its expected mission lifetime, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were supposed to only run […]
Today, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, brought to Mars as a hitchhiker on the Perseverance rover, successfully took flight on the surface of Mars. This is the first time humanity has flown an aircraft on another planet! Since the atmosphere of Mars is less than 1% of that of Earth’s, the little helicopter’s rotors needed to be […]
NASA released a video they downloaded from the Perseverance landing craft, edited into a gripping movie that they uploaded on Youtube. Watch! Perseverance is the first Martian probe equipped with onboard microphones, so we got our first sounds from another planet! Listen!
NASA just successfully landed another robot on Mars! After the “seven minutes of terror”, where the spacecraft had to perform the EDL (entry, landing and descent) maneuver entirely using its programmed automation, the Perseverance rover successfully touched down on the Mars. After the spacecraft hit the Martian atmosphere, it oriented itself toward the landing site, […]