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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover rests on its own six wheels for the first time

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover rests on its own six wheels for the first time NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will have to operate on its own in a harsh environment, hundred of millions of miles from the nearest mechanic. But for now, it’s still in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab – and […]

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Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper

Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper The Opportunity Mars Rover may be officially offline for good, but its legacy of science and imagery is ongoing — and NASA just shared the last (nearly) complete panorama the robot sent back before it was blanketed in dust. After more than 5,000 days (or […]

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NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA? The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just […]

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NASA’s beautiful snowflake simulations could help predict inclement weather

NASA’s beautiful snowflake simulations could help predict inclement weather There’s a lot about snow we don’t know. Where does it come from? Where does it go? What does it taste like? Admittedly there are tentative answers to these questions. But there are yet more complex ones like how exactly, on a microscopic […]

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Rocket blast from the past: Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980

Rocket blast from the past: Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980  While some spacecraft get the chance to go out in a blaze of glory, others are in it for the long haul – Voyager 1 more so than any other. The mission celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, but […]

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