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NASA just unveiled a high-def, 360-degree panorama of Mars from the Perseverance rover. It's made from 142 photos.

Part of a 360-degree panorama of Mars, stitched together from images captured by NASA's Perseverance rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has already beamed back thousands of stunning photos. NASA stitched together 142 of those images to make a high-definition, 360-degree panorama. It shows the rover's new home: Jezero Crater, an ancient Martian lake bed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Less than a week into its Mars mission, the Perse...
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Stunning photos from NASA's new Mars rover reveal 200-foot cliffs, mysterious rocks, and a perfect touchdown

An artist's illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's new Mars rover, Perseverance, has already beamed back thousands of stunning photos. Sports cameras recorded the rover's descent and landing. Now Perseverance's science and navigation cameras are capturing an ancient Martian lake bed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA's Perseverance rover hasn't started roaming the red planet just yet, but its...
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Watch Perseverance’s harrowing descent to the surface of Mars

NASA has released video taken by the Perseverance landing module and rover showing the famous “seven minutes of terror” in a bracing first-person perspective. The images sent back Friday were just a teaser — this is the full experience, and the first video of a Mars landing ever captured. A full description of the rover’s descent and mission can be found here, but briefly stated here’s what happened: After decelerating in the atmosphere interplanetary velocity, the heat shield is jettisoned and ...
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Watch the first-ever video of a Mars landing from NASA's Perseverance rover

In a screengrab from NASA's video, a camera on Perseverance records the jetpack lowering the rover to the Martian ground. NASA NASA's Perseverance rover recorded its own descent to Mars and landing on Thursday. A new video shows Perseverance descending to Mars, a parachute inflating, and a jetpack navigating the rover to landing. No Mars-landing operation has ever been captured on camera before. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA just released unprecedented vi...
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Photos: Southern California goes all spacey over historic Mars rover mission

NASA and JPL Mars rover team members grab Krispy Kreme Mars donuts in honor of the Perseverance landing Thursday, Feb 18, 2021,in Burbank. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer) NASA and JPL Mars rover team members grab Krispy Kreme Mars donuts in honor of the Perseverance landing Thursday, Feb 18, 2021,in Burbank. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds NASA and JPL Mars rover team members grab Krispy Kreme Mar...
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Dizzying view of Perseverance mid-descent makes its ‘7 minutes of terror’ feel very real

The Perseverance Mars rover landed safely yesterday, but only after a series of complex maneuvers as it descended at high speed through the atmosphere, known by the team as the “seven minutes of terror.” NASA has just shared a hair-raising image of the rover as it dangled from its jetpack above the Martian landscape, making that terror a lot easier to understand. Published with others to the rover’s Twitter account (as always, in the first person), the image is among the first sent back from the...
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NASA's Perseverance rover has beamed back the first-ever photo of a Mars landing

A photo of NASA's Perseverance rover just feet above the Martian surface - part of a video recorded of the landing on February 18, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover has beamed back the first photo of its descent to Mars, a snapshot of the robot feet from landing. NASA expects a full video of landing soon, from six cameras on the rover. NASA also published the rover's first color images of the Martian surface. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA h...
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NASA's Mars rover landed in the perfect place to hunt for alien fossils: an ancient lake bed called Jezero Crater

An artist's illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover landed in Mars' Jezero Crater on Thursday. The dried-up lake bed is the ideal spot to look for alien fossils because a river deposited microbe-trapping minerals there. Perseverance will search the lake bottom, shorelines, and river delta for signs of ancient microbes. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On Thursday, NASA landed it...
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Watch live: NASA’s JPL rover lands on Mars

By MARCIA DUNN | AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA rover streaked toward a landing on Mars on Thursday in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet. Ground controllers at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, settled in nervously for the descent of Perseverance to the surface of Mars, long a deathtrap for incoming spacecraft. It takes a nail-biting 11 1/2 minutes for a signal that w...
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Mars rover Perseverance touches down tomorrow – how to watch and what to expect

There will be one more robot on Mars tomorrow afternoon. The Perseverance rover will touch down just before 1:00 Pacific, beginning a major new expedition to the planet and kicking off a number of experiments — from a search for traces of life to the long-awaited Martian helicopter. Here’s what you can expect from Perseverance tomorrow and over the next few years. It’s a big, complex mission — and like the Artemis program, is as much about preparing for the future, in which people will visit the...
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NASA's Mars rover is about to land in the perfect place to hunt for alien fossils: an ancient lake bed called Jezero Crater

An artist's illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech On Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover is set to land in a dried-up Martian lake bed called Jezero Crater. Jezero is a perfect place to search for alien fossils because an ancient river deposited microbe-trapping minerals there. Perseverance will search the lake bottom, shorelines, and river delta for signs of ancient microbes. Visit the Business section of Insider for more s...
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NASA's Perseverance rover is about to attempt a supersonic plunge to Mars, complete with a jetpack landing

An artist's illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover is set to land on Mars on Thursday, February 18. Entry, descent, and landing are the trickiest parts of a Mars mission, often called the "seven minutes of terror." To land in the Jezero Crater, Perseverance will use a jetpack and advanced navigation system. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA is about to accomplish an unpreceden...
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The first-ever space helicopter is approaching Mars in the belly of NASA's rover. It could change how we explore other planets.

An artist's illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA stowed a solar-powered helicopter in the belly of its Perseverance rover, set to land on Mars on February 18. The helicopter, called Ingenuity, aims to conduct the first controlled flights ever on another planet. Ingenuity and Perseverance will both record video as the drone flies over an ancient Martian lakebed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A spac...
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3 spacecraft are set to reach Mars this month, from NASA, China, and the UAE. Here's what they aim to learn.

An illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA, China, and the United Arab Emirates each have a mission speeding towards Mars — all set to arrive in February. NASA's Perseverance rover is equipped to sniff out signs of alien life, while China's Tianwen-1 rover could find underground water. The UAE's Hope orbiter aims to make a global map of the Martian climate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After six months of careening through...
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3 spacecraft are set to reach Mars next month, from NASA, China, and the UAE. Here's what they aim to learn.

An illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA, China, and the United Arab Emirates each have a mission speeding towards Mars. They're all set to arrive in February. NASA's Perseverance rover is equipped to sniff out signs of alien life, while China's Tianwen-1 rover could find underground water. The UAE's Hope orbiter aims to make a global map of the Martian climate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After six months of careening ...
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NASA's attempt to burrow into Mars met 2 insurmountable obstacles: cement-like soil and an unexpected energy shortage

An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars, with its "mole" burrowed deep in the soil. ​​NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has given up on its InSight lander's "Mars mole" after two years of trying to burrow into the planet's surface. The Martian soil turned out to be too thick, and dust accumulating on the lander's solar panels was causing the robot to generate less and less power.  No Mars mission in the foreseeable future will take the planet's temperature — a measurement crucial to under...
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NASA has given up on its 'Mars mole,' a revolutionary experiment designed to burrow 16 feet and take the planet's temperature

The InSight lander's heat probe, or "mole," poking out of the hole where it got stuck on October 26, 2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is giving up on its Mars mole — a pile driver designed to hammer its way up to 16 feet below the Martian surface — after two years of trying to dig past cement-like soil. Now the InSight lander won't be able to take Mars' internal temperature.  The probe's data would have helped piece together the planet's history and its potential for microbial life. Visit B...
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An ancient super-Earth offers an unexpected clue that life in our galaxy could be older than scientists thought

Artist's rendition of the hot, rocky planet in TOI-561 - one of the oldest, most metal-poor planetary systems discovered yet in the Milky Way. W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko A super-Earth planet 280 light-years away seems to be about 10 billion years old, adding to growing evidence that rocky planets have existed almost as long as our galaxy. Ancient rocky planets offer further evidence that extraterrestrial life may have existed long before humans. Scientists may have better su...
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NASA's shared some interstellar fireworks to bring 2020 to an end. The Orion Nebula looks like a rainbow canvas peppered with dots of light.

A composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. NASA/JPL-Caltech STScI NASA's final "Image of the Day" for 2020 depicts the Orion Nebula, located 1,500 light-years from Earth. The Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes captured the stunning, colorful image. Nebulae are giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA decided to share some interstellar fireworks to end a...
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NASA shared some interstellar fireworks to bring 2020 to an end. The Orion Nebula looks like a rainbow canvas peppered with dots of light.

A composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. NASA/JPL-Caltech STScI NASA's final "Image of the Day" for 2020 depicts the Orion Nebula, located 1,500 light-years from Earth. The Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes captured the stunning, colorful image. Nebulae are giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA decided to share some interstellar fireworks to end a...
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The 34 most awe-inspiring scientific achievements of 2020 include ancient mummy tombs, historic rocket launches, and the fastest vaccine in history

Scientists in a lab test COVID-19 samples at New York City's health department, April 23, 2020. Astronomers, archaeologists, geneticists, and many other scientists made mind-boggling breakthroughs in 2020. Some highlights include work that uncovered stashes of mummies, launched the first-ever crewed commercial spaceflight, and produced COVID-19 vaccines in record time. These are 34 of the biggest scientific accomplishments of the year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stori...
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Mystery solved: NASA confirmed the space object that just zipped past Earth is a 1960s rocket booster

A model of the Surveyor lander. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has confirmed that a mysterious object that just flew past Earth is the dead booster of a 1960s Centaur rocket. Earth's gravity briefly captured the booster this year, causing it to loop the planet twice before returning to an orbit around the sun. Scientists confirmed that the object was a Centaur booster by comparing its electromagnetic fingerprint to that of a known Centaur booster in space. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
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Jupiter's oceanic moon Europa — a prime candidate for alien life — might glow in the dark, a NASA scientist discovered

A view of Jupiter's moon Europa, created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the 1990s. Reuters Jupiter's oceanic moon, Europa, might glow white, blue, and green in the dark, a NASA scientist discovered. Jupiter bombards Europa's icy surface with high-energy electrons that makes some types of ice glow. Mapping Europa's "mosaic" of nighttime glow could narrow down the chemical ingredients of the ice. NASA plans to send a spacecraft to Europa, where it could scan for th...
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A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has captured the planet's colorful electrical outbursts — sprites and elves — for the first time

An illustration of the lightning phenomenon known as a sprite on Jupiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI NASA's Juno spacecraft has discovered that Jupiter's atmosphere produces lightning-like electrical outbursts called transient luminous events. On Earth, these colorful lights occur during thunderstorms, when lightning strikes produce red tendrils called sprites or glowing disks called elves high above the clouds. Scientists predicted that Jupiter would have sprites and elves too, since it has li...
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Scientists detected a set of salty lakes on Mars, hidden below the glaciers of its south pole

Mars's northern ice cap. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Mars has a series of saltwater lakes beneath the glaciers of its southern ice cap, researchers say. These hypersalty patches of liquid water could harbor microbial alien life. NASA's Perseverance rover is traveling to Mars to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Scientists have detected a series of saltwater lakes beneath the glaciers of Mars' southern ice cap. The researchers belie...
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Melting sea ice forced scientists on Arctic mission to make emergency detour before safely arriving at North Pole

A German icebreaker ship carrying scientists on a year-long international expedition through the high Arctic finally reached the North Pole, after melting sea ice forced an emergency detour. From AP: Expedition leader Markus Rex said Wednesday the RV Polarstern was able to reach the geographic North Pole because of large openings in sea ice that would normally make shipping in the region above Greenland too difficult. "We made fast progress in a few days," Rex told The Associated Press. "It's br...
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Cool NASA illustrations of Jupiter's lightning and atmospheric "mushballs"

Piloting a craft through Jupiter's atmosphere would be very hard due to massive bolts of "shallow lightning" and the equally scary giant "mushballs" of water and ammonia that fall like hail. To celebrate the 9th anniversary of Juno, NASA shared some cool illustrations and a visualization of what it would feel like to fly through a Jovian storm. The mushball findings solve a mystery of Jupiter's "missing" ammonia. Scientists believed the planet had more ammonia than was being observed by sen...
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History-making JPL-built Perseverance rover blasts off for Mars on Thursday

PASADENA — A new era of Mars exploration is expected to begin Thursday with the anticipated launch of the Perseverance rover, which was built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and is billed as the most technologically advanced machinery ever sent to the Red Planet. The SUV-sized rover Perseverance includes an array of scientific instruments, and it will make space history on at least two fronts: The rover will be equipped with a mini helicopter that will become the first ever flown on an...
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JPL’s Mars rover salutes healthcare workers

NASA’s next Mars rover is honoring all the medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle around the world. With just another month until liftoff, the space agency on Wednesday revealed a commemorative plate attached to the rover, aptly named Perseverance. This photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech in June 2020 shows a 3-by-5-inch (8-by-13-centimeter) aluminum plate between the wheels at center and right, which commemorates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and pays tribute to the...
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April to treat stargazers to 1st meteor shower in months and these other celestial events

Springtime stargazers will have plenty to look for throughout April, ranging from a meteor shower to the rare opportunity to see a comet.The wide variety of astronomy events this month will be great for people looking to spend some time outside under the night sky, including families with young children, as they will not require any special equipment apart from a blanket, warm clothes and a clear sky.Here are the top three astronomy events to look for in April:1\. Super Pink Moon When: April 7-...
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