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Stunning Video Shows Ingenuity's First Flight on Mars. It Gave NASA Team 'Goosebumps'

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter took flight on Mars for the first time on Monday – and the Perseverance rover captured the entire feat in sharp video.The rover, which carried Ingenuity almost 300 million miles to Mars, perched on an overlook 64 meters (211 feet) away and watched the historic flight take place at 3:34 am ET.  In the video below, you can see Ingenuity begin to spin its rotors, get them up to full speed (five times faster than an Earth helicopter's rotors), and then lift itself 3 meters (10 feet) above the Martian surface. After that, it hovers, pivots toward Perseverance, and lowers itself gently back into the dust.The entire flight lasted about 40 seconds."Goosebumps – it looks just the way we had tested," MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity project manager, said as she presented the vid...
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Does photo show a rainbow on Mars? NASA answers the mystery

Over the weekend, the Perseverance rover captured what appeared to be a stunning rainbow shooting across the Martian horizon. Now, NASA is debunking that theory. Rainbows, which require both sunlight and raindrops, are not possible in the cold, thin Marian atmosphere — so what explanation is there for the spectacular image? Is it a "dustbow?" Is it an "icebow?"  NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in back of it using its onboard Rear Left Hazard Avoidance Camera.This image was acquired on Apr. 4, 2021 (Sol 43) at the local mean solar time of 15:14:09.  NASA/JPL-Caltech After several days of online speculation by thousands of people, NASA decided to re...
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NASA's New Mars Rover Just Took One of The Sweetest Extraterrestrial Selfies Ever

Perseverance hasn't even been on Mars for two months, and already the latest in red planet rovers is picking up some of Curiosity's excellent habits.No, not science; well, at least not just science. Percy is proving just as adept as her predecessor at snapping brilliant selfies, as the most recently sent images show.  As the rover settles into its new home in the Jezero Crater, it's been sending back images of its surroundings, including parts of itself. We're still waiting for a full-body pic, but on April 6, using the SHERLOC WATSON camera attached to its robotic arm, Perseverance took images of its 'head' and 'face'."Oh hey... didn't see you there..." (NASA/JPL-Caltech)In official terms, this is the mast, on top of which is mounted cameras the rover uses to image Mars.The large round o...
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China's Mars Probe Just Sent Haunting Photos of The Red Planet

China's Mars probe, Tianwen-1, has been hanging around Mars in a parking orbit for nearly two whole months now, preparing for its rover landing in May.But it's not just sitting there in orbit twiddling its antennae. The probe is surveying the planet, orbiting closer, checking out the mission's chosen rover landing site - and sending back some amazing images of our dusty planetary friend.  On March 16 and March 18, the spacecraft took two panoramic photographs with its medium-resolution camera of a crescent Mars viewed from its far side, with the Sun behind it, from a distance of about 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles).(CNSA)From that distance, surface features are visible, different colours streaking across the face of Mars, as well as a faint hazy outline - the planet's thin but dusty atmo...
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Mars rover beams back dramatic selfie at majestic "Mont Mercou"

NASA's Perseverance rover may still be finding its footing in the Jezero Crater, but in the meantime, the Curiosity rover is having a blast taking selfies at a fascinating rock formation.  Since 2014, Curiosity has been slowly but surely climbing the 3-mile-high Mount Sharp, which is located in the middle of the Gale Crater. NASA revealed new images from the rover Tuesday that were captured earlier this month. On March 16 and March 26, Curiosity snapped 60 images using the Mars Hand Lens Imager on its robotic arm and 11 using its Mastcam, located on its "head." It captured an impressive rock formation called Mont Mercou — named after a mountain in southeastern France. In the selfies, as well as an accompanying pair of majestic panoramas taken on March 4, Mont Mercou can be seen to t...