Mars 2020 Rover Powers Up for Launch Next Year

The Mars 2020 rover under construction. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) will be inserted into the rear end of the rover between the panels with gold tubing, called heat exchangers. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s new Mars 2020 rover is now only about a year away from the start of its mission, and another […]

To Keep Boldly Going: NASA's New Plan for the Voyager Mission

Artist’s concept of one of NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, including the location of the cosmic ray subsystem (CRS) instrument. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

With all of the current and recent planetary missions throughout the Solar System, it may be easy to forget sometimes that there are still some older spacecraft that have been traveling for decades […]

Engineers Conduct Successful First Tests of Mars 2020 Rover

View of the backshell that will help protect the Mars 2020 rover during its descent into the Martian atmosphere, during the Systems Test 1 (ST1). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The landing of the Mars 2020 rover on Feb. 18, 2021 may still be almost two years away, but NASA’s newest Mars rover has already “touched […]

Camera on Hubble Space Telescope Currently Offline Due to Hardware Problem

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has temporarily suspended operations of Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope due to a hardware problem, it was reported yesterday.

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InSight Lander Deploys Seismometer, Prepares for Science Mission

View of InSight’s seismometer after it had been successfully placed on the Martian surface on Dec. 19, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight lander has been busy in its first couple weeks on the surface of Mars, testing out the deployment of some of its instruments and scanning its surroundings with its cameras. And now, […]

NASA's InSight Spacecraft on Course for November 26 Landing

Artist’s conception of InSight descending through the Martian atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On November 26, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will touch down in Elysium Planitia on Mars, where it will “peer” deep into the subsurface to study the planet’s interior geology. As of right now, InSight is on course for what hopefully will be […]

‘Drill, Baby, Drill!’: Curiosity Rover Successfully Tests New Drilling Technique on Mars

Curiosity has successfully tested a new drilling technique in a rock target called Duluth. This is the first successful drilling since December 2016 after mechanical problems with the drill. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After many months of testing and devising new techniques since experiencing mechanical problems, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally drilling again! The […]

Flying in Martian Skies: NASA's 2020 Rover Mission Will Include Tiny Helicopter

Artist’s conception of the autonomous, drone-like Mars Helicopter, which will be sent to Mars along with the 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Excitement has been building for NASA’s next rover mission to Mars, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020. Although it looks a lot like the current Curiosity rover, its mission will be […]

InSight GO For May 5 Launch to Mars from California, But Fog May Prevent Anyone Seeing It

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars is now scheduled to launch on May 5, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This weekend NASA will launch its next mission to Mars, but this one will be a little different than the previous ones. Unlike the rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, both still actively examining rocks and sand on […]

NASA Designs Advanced New SELFI Instrument to Help Search For Life on Enceladus

The plumes of Enceladus: SELFI would study their composition in more detail than ever before. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Is there life on Enceladus? Are there any Enceladan bacteria or other little critters swimming in that alien ocean on this tiny moon of Saturn? We don’t know yet, but there is compelling […]