You should watch this animation of how Perseverance will land on Mars this week. Really.
image: NASA/JPL (screengrab from video)
Recent study suggests early Mars may have been very much like Iceland.
Ridiculous title, but the science behind it is quite interesting. Decades old data from Voyager 2 as it passed by Uranus suggests the planet is losing some of its atmosphere through an interesting mechanism. This could also hold clues to how Mars lost its atmosphere.
Oxygen levels above Gale Crater appear to fluctuate seasonally and scientists don’t yet know why.
For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above the surface of Gale Crater on Mars. As a result, they noticed something baffling: oxygen, the gas many Earth creatures use to breathe, behaves in a way that so far…
ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has been snapping pics for 16 years. This recently released pole-to-pole image is astoundingly beautiful. Be sure to click through to the article, where there’s lots of discussion of the details.
Insight picks up the first quake on a celestial body other than Earth or the Moon.
If you give this a little thought, it makes perfect sense.
I’m looking at this image and thinking about all the scientists and engineers and technicians involved in the design and assembly of this equipment. How remarkable it must feel to look at this image of their creation sitting on Mars, ready to get to work. Kudos! I mean… wow.