Mars Month Dawns: Remembering America's Ongoing Work at the Red Planet (Part 3)

The InSight mission launches into the fog at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on 5 May 2018. Photo: NASA

Three weeks from now, on 30 July, the rumble of an Atlas V RD-180 engine and the staccato crackle of four solid-fueled boosters at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., […]

Mars Month Dawns: Remembering America's Successes at the Red Planet (Part 2)

The Perseverance rover is similar in design to Curiosity, but carries different instruments. Image Credit: NASA

Less than four weeks now remain before a mighty United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster lifts off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., no sooner than 30 July, to deliver America’s […]

Mars Month Dawns: Remembering America's Failed Missions to the Red Planet (Part 1)

Unlocking the secrets of the Red Planet has proven a difficult endeavor over the last six decades. No less than five U.S. space missions have failed to reach it as Mars closely guards her secrets. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

It’s almost Mars Month and from 17 July through 11 August the next biannual “launch window” […]

ULA Completes Wet Dress Rehearsal with Rocket for Mars Perseverance Launch Next Month

The scheduled 20 July launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover will also mark the seventh flight of the Atlas V 541 and its second mission to Mars. Photo Credit: ULA

Noticeably lacking its Mars-bound payload, the giant Atlas V assigned to loft NASA’s Perseverance rover towards the Red Planet on 20 July has wrapped […]

Launch of Mars Perseverance Rover Slips to NET 20 July

The ULA Atlas V 541 rocket saw its maiden launch in November 2011, delivering NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover to the Red Planet. NASA’s next Mars Rover, Perseverance, is scheduled to launch on the same rocket as soon as July 20, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Less than a month since […]

Mars Helicopter Attached to Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Red Planet

Photo of the Mars Helicopter, after it was attached to the bottom of the rover (lower center of image). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, preparations for the launch of NASA’s next rover to Mars this July, Perseverance, are continuing on schedule. Most recently, the engineering and technician team completed two more […]

Tool For Collecting Rocks Installed on Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Mars

The Perseverance rover undergoing processing at a payload servicing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s Perseverance rover just reached big another milestone in its preparations for launch to Mars this summer. Key components of the rover’s sample handling system have now been installed. This system will […]

Voyager 2 to Enter 11-Month 'Quiet Mode' During Deep Space Network Upgrades

The 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network’s Canberra site in Australia. It is the only antenna that that communicate with Voyager 2 from the southern hemisphere, and will be undergoing crucial upgrades for 11 months beginning in March. Photo Credit: NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

With so many space missions currently exploring […]

NASA's InSight Lander Reveals Surprising Inner Secrets of an Active Mars

Artist’s concept of InSight on Mars, with layers in the subsurface and dust devils in the background. Image Credit: IPGP/Nicolas Sarter

Mars is beginning to reveal its innermost secrets, thanks to NASA’s InSight lander. The newest findings, about subsurface marsquakes, unusual magnetic signals and dust devils in the atmosphere, have been published in six […]

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Explore Ancient Lakeshore for Martian Fossils

Color-coded image of Jezero Crater and the landing site of Mars 2020 (in the ellipse). The delta is on the western side of the crater. Darker colors are lower elevation and lighter colors are higher. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For the past few decades, rovers and landers on Mars have focused on finding out whether […]