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The Engineering Challenges Facing NASA's Mars 'Helicopter'

We’ve put a rover on Mars, heck, we’ve got a few of them up there. What’s the next step, before the inevitable invasion by humans? A helicopter obviously! Well, more specifically, drones that can help the poor ground-shackled rovers get a better idea of what lies ahead in their travels.


How NASA Plans To Explore Mars With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

During Microsoft’s demo of its fascinating holographic headset HoloLens today, the company barely mentioned the coolest way it’s already using it: to develop software with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that will let scientists explore and work on the Red Planet remotely.


How The Alien Surfaces Of Our Solar System Look, Side By Side

With Rosetta hanging out so closely with an asteroid, we’re getting better views than ever before of what the surface of an asteroid looks like. But compared to one another, how do the surfaces we’ve visited in our Solar System stack up?


NASA Will Reformat Mars Rover From 200 Million Kilometres Away

NASA’s Opportunity rover is still trundling across the surface of Mars, more than 11 years after its 90-day mission began. But its software is getting bogged down, so NASA’s doing a full system backup, memory wipe and reboot. It’s just like your routine computer clean-up, just from the next planet over.


NASA Made An Underground Water Map To See Just How Bad The US Drought Is

News about the drought that has engulfed most of the western United States continues to get worse. But how do we know how extensive the current megadrought is? We actually can measure from the sky, but not in the way you think.


NASA Wants To Send These Flying Saucers To Mars

This is NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, “a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle” designed to land huge payloads on Mars. So there — suck on that Martians, because after all these decades of sci-fi invasions, we are going to be the ones seizing your planet with our very own flying saucers.


NASA: Ganymede Is A Water And Ice Club Sandwich That May Harbour Life

NASA scientists says that the largest moon in the solar system may harbour life in its inner oceans. Previously, scientists thought Ganymede only had one ocean between two ice layers, but data reveals that its structure is “ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich”.


Monster Machines: The Future Of Interstellar Communication Goes 'Pew, Pew, Pew'

It’s no subspace transceiver, but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver gigabit speeds through deep space.


NASA's Prettiest Spaceship Yet Will Take Actual Photos Of Alien Worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA’s effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They’re doing some really cool stuff, like this sunflower-telescope combo spaceship — “a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun.” Imagine that — seeing the actual planets!


What A Rover Looks Like After A Decade On Mars

Curiosity is the hip name in Mars-rovin, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Just yesterday Opportunity hit its 10-year anniversary on Mars — it left Earth 10 years ago in July. Not bad for a mission intended to last a mere three (Earth) months. In celebration it sent back a selfie.


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