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The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander Official word has come from the ESA regarding the why and wherefore of Schiaparelli’s crash landing on the Martian surface.Mission scientists were able to recover data from the lander before its untimely demise, and that data has revealed much more about the sequence of events during Schiaparelli’s last moments.

Science in motion: NASA has a new giphy channel and it's fabulous

Science in motion: NASA has a new giphy channel and it's fabulous ) Home schoolers and STEM educators in particular could use this page as an engaging jumping-off point for teaching little zerglings about space.We think of orbits as if every pass occurs along the same line in space, like a train on a track.

Ancient Mars may have harbored life for hundreds of millions of years

Ancient Mars may have harbored life for hundreds of millions of years For years, the conventional wisdom was that Mars existed as little more than a cold, barren dust ball in space.There’s even silica, which scientists are particularly happy about.

Mars rover plagued with ongoing rock drill malfunction

Mars rover plagued with ongoing rock drill malfunction Indeed, it’s wheels are getting banged up, the ChemCam autofocus has gone wonky, and now Curiosity’s rock drill stopped working on December 1.That’s why the rover was equipped with a percussion drill at the end of its 7-foot robotic arm.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars The powerful scientific instruments we’ve deployed to the Red Planet can occasionally give us a glimpse of our own humble planet from a different perspective.NASA has just released a new image that shows Earth and the Moon as seen from Mars, courtesy of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on These are six of the most important upcoming missions that will get us there.We’ve been talking a lot about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) lately — NASA has completed construction of the hardware, and is currently testing it on the ground.

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space Navy, [he] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.In this case, the wave may form as the lower atmosphere flows over mountains on Venus’ surface.

6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months

6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months A group of researchers have just begun their eight-month-mission on Mars.The HI-SEAS missions are designed, at least in part, to help NASA figure out exactly how people will behave under conditions similar to those astronauts may face on Mars.

This is how much an astronaut's body changed after a year in space

This is how much an astronaut's body changed after a year in space But beyond those shifts in perspective, Kelly's body may have changed in other ways.According to preliminary data released by NASA, Kelly's genes, fine motor skills, microbiome and other aspects of his body were altered during the 340 days he spent in orbit from 2015 to 2016.

The Expanse Gave Us a Disturbingly Relevant, Spectacular Season Premiere

The Expanse Gave Us a Disturbingly Relevant, Spectacular Season Premiere The Expanse came back with a two-hour premiere last night that reminded us why it’s one of the best sci-fi shows on TV.The premiere had all the politics and sci-fi action that made the first season so great.

NASA scientists take another step toward getting Mars rocks back to Earth

NASA scientists take another step toward getting Mars rocks back to Earth As the rover’s own name cleverly suggests, Mars 2020 is set to head for the red planet in three years’ time.After a recent meet-up with scientists at a workshop in Monrovia, California, NASA has taken a big step toward choosing the all-important landing site for Mars 2020.

The 3 places NASA could hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars in 2020

The 3 places NASA could hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars in 2020 If you send a rover to Mars, you need to figure out what you want to study once it gets there.These are the questions NASA is asking right now as it prepares to send a rover designed to hunt for signs of past life on Mars by 2020.

Valley that shows signs of flooding may be key to identifying past life on Mars

Valley that shows signs of flooding may be key to identifying past life on Mars The region may offer a prime spot to explore  for signs of past life on the red planet.“Those sediments are arranged in such a way that they suggest they are traces of dunes that have migrated down the valley.

Sorry, y'all. SpaceX isn't going to Mars in 2018

Sorry, y'all. SpaceX isn't going to Mars in 2018 In April 2016, SpaceX made the bold proclamation that it will send a robotic mission to Mars by 2018.Instead of aiming for the 2018 deadline, SpaceX will now try to launch a robotic mission to Mars — known as its Red Dragon mission — two years later, in 2020, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said during a press conference Friday.

You'll never guess which country wants to establish a city on Mars

You'll never guess which country wants to establish a city on Mars Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars.Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.

The UAE’s next ambitious project is to build a city on Mars

The UAE’s next ambitious project is to build a city on Mars Stand on the observation deck of the world’s tallest building and you’ll find yourself gazing out over the UAE city of Dubai, a super-modern, gleaming metropolis built slap in the middle of a desert.With that in mind, perhaps the United Arab Emirates’ proposal to build a city on Mars within 100 years doesn’t sound like such a daft idea.