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Exploring Mars for Real Estate: Autonomous Rovers Could Make House Hunting on the Red Planet a Reality

House hunting on Mars could soon become a reality, thanks to a new autonomous exploration system developed by researchers at the University of Arizona. The system, inspired by the Hansel and Gretel story, sees tracked rovers dropping wireless communication nodes as they explore, based on an “opportunistic deployment” schedule.[0] “If you remember the book, you […]

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NASA’s DART Mission Redirects Dimorphos’ Orbit and Activates Asteroid – Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

In September 2022, NASA launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission to demonstrate a technique for deflecting asteroids on a collision course with Earth.[0] The DART spacecraft collided with a small asteroid moon called Dimorphos, which orbits a larger asteroid called Didymos.[1] Although neither asteroid posed a hazard to Earth, they were similar to […]

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Has China’s Zhurong Rover Survived on Mars?

China’s first Mars mission, Tianwen-1, has been orbiting the red planet since February 2021 and its Zhurong rover has been on the surface since May 2021. However, new images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the rover has not moved since September 2022. It is unclear if the rover is still operational or […]

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Launches to Space Station

On March 2, 2023, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. The international crew, which includes NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, the United Arab Emirates Sultan Al-Neyadi and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, is the agency’s sixth commercial crew rotation […]

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