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Satellite Spots NASA’s New Rover—and Its Garbage—From Mars Orbit

Satellite Spots NASA’s New Rover—and Its Garbage—From Mars Orbit

ExoMars image showing the Perseverance landing site on Mars. Image: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS; acknowledgement P. Grindrod The Perseverance rover, along with several components used during the recent landing, have been imaged from space. The image, captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, reveals the location of the parachute and back shell, the descent stage, the heat shield, …

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NASA Is Dropping a New Rover on Mars. Here’s What Could Go Wrong

NASA Is Dropping a New Rover on Mars. Here’s What Could Go Wrong

Depiction of the Perseverance landing, with the rover still attached to backshell and retro-rockets engaged for powered descent. Illustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech Failure could take on many forms next week when NASA’s next-gen rover, Perseverance, reaches the surface of the Red Planet. Here’s what needs to go right—and how things could quickly go sideways—when Perseverance tries to …

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China probe delivers its first photo of Mars

China probe delivers its first photo of Mars

China’s plans for interplanetary exploration just took a big stride forward. The Guardian reports that the country’s Tianwen-1 probe has returned its first photo of Mars, capturing a black-and-white snapshot from about 1.4 million miles away. It doesn’t compare to the more detailed pictures from other explorers (certainly not those on the ground), but that’s …

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