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NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover Is Dead

Mission leads have not heard from Oppy since it was caught in a massive dust storm last June. On Wednesday, NASA announced that it had died.
Becky Ferreira
2.13.19
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Watch the Hypnotic Unfurling of NASA’s Martian Test Parachute

The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) will slow the Mars 2020 rover down from its breakneck pace of 12,000 miles per hour.
Becky Ferreira
11.15.17
Major Lazer

Scientists Are Trying to Detect Enriched Uranium From Miles Away With Friggin' Lasers

It one day could be attached to a drone and used to discover covert uranium enrichment facilities.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.8.17
Art

Artist's DIY Space Program Seeks Life on Jupiter’s Icy Moon

Bricolage master Tom Sachs and his team operate a handmade aeronautics program to find new lifeforms, and sometimes grow poppies, in outer space
Shana Nys Dambrot
10.17.16
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China Plans to Send this Bad Boy to Mars in 2020

The 2020s are shaping up to be a busy and diverse era in Martian surface exploration.
Becky Ferreira
8.25.16
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Carl Sagan’s Dream of a Martian Microphone May Finally Be Real

Members of NASA’s Mars 2020 SuperCam team will soon make the case for recording the sounds of the Red Planet.
Amy Thompson
3.1.16
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The Curiosity Mars Rover Is Such a Narcissist

When your selfies look this good, who could blame you for being a little vain?
Daniel Oberhaus
2.7.16
tech

We Asked a Scientist Why People Keep Seeing Aliens in the Pictures from the Mars Rover

This phenomenon, in which the brain recognizes objects in a field of visual noise, is called pareidolia.
Skinny Friedman
9.4.15
Motherboard Blog

Watch This First High-Res Video of the Curiosity Mars Landing

Even as something of a Mars fever naysayer, I can say that the sight of dust billowing as the Curiosity lander touches down delivers an eerie, awed chill. The video above, coming courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was just released today...
Michael Byrne
8.23.12
Motherboard Blog

Bill Nye, Star Trek Barbershop Quartets and a Space Rave: What It Was Like to Celebrate Curiosity with NASA's MSL Team

_Motherboard's space correspondent Amy Teitel was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, over the weekend to hang out and party extraterrestrial-style with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team. The MSL group, of course, was waiting...
Amy Shira Teitel
8.6.12
Motherboard Blog

From Eight Months to Seven Minutes: NASA's Jim Adams on Mars' Curiosity

In less than 24 hours we'll know whether the Mars Curiosity Rover, the next in NASA's line of vehicles designed to probe one of Earth's closest planetary neighbors, plummeted to the Martian surface as it's been programmed to, or not. Jim Adams is...
Brian Anderson
8.5.12