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NASA testing helicopter drone to accompany next Mars rover

Engineers at NASA JPL are still testing the Mars copter design to see if it will head to the Red Planet with the rover.The helicopter design isn’t a magic bullet, though.

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.

NASA’s origami-inspired robot can crouch, crawl, and climb serious inclines

NASA’s origami-inspired robot can crouch, crawl, and climb serious inclines Now, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are developing a small scout robot called the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) to accompany the next generation of Martian rovers in their outer space explorations.So far the two-wheeled scout has been successfully tested in hostile and diverse terrains including the Mojave Desert and Antartica.

NASA reports two new breaks in Curiosity rover's wheel

NASA reports two new breaks in Curiosity rover's wheel As long as Curiosity can do science, NASA will make use of it.The harsh Martian terrain has not been kind to the rover’s wheels, though.

Curiosity Data Suggests Ancient Martian Lake Could Have Harbored Life

Curiosity Data Suggests Ancient Martian Lake Could Have Harbored Life NASA has previously released data from Curiosity that supports the idea that liquid water once flowed in Gale Crater (above).The new study is based on a detailed analysis of data from three and a half years of drill samples from Curiosity.

NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab

NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab The is a concept vehicle, meaning this design won’t even land on Mars.It’s a neat design, but there’s no guarantee NASA will adopt it for its real Mars rovers.