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Lebanon crisis: The Syrian refugees recycling to stay alive

28 Mar 2023 at 2:31am
Companies pay tiny amounts for recyclable waste in Beirut. Deiri Fayyad dives into bins to find it. Read more...

The race is on for Ingenuity and Perseverance to stay the distance

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2023
The Perseverance rover spent the first two Earth years of its mission on Mars driving and sampling within Jezero crater. As anticipated, Jezero was found to be rich with interesting geological features, and the rover used 21 of its precious 43 sample tubes in the r... Read more...

Engineers keep an eye on fuel supply of NASA's oldest Mars orbiter

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 16, 2023
Since NASA launched the 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter to the Red Planet almost 22 years ago, the spacecraft has looped around Mars more than 94,000 times. That's about the equivalent of 1.37 billion miles (2.21 billion kilometers), a distance that has required extrem... Read more...

UTEP joins project to 3D print batteries from lunar and Martian soil

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
El Paso TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2023
The University of Texas at El Paso has joined a project led by NASA to leverage 3D-printing processes with the aim of manufacturing rechargeable batteries using lunar and Martian regolith, which is the top layer of materials that covers the surface of the moon and M... Read more...

Taking turns with Tapo Caparo: Sols 3766-37368

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2023
Curiosity has spent the last week or so balancing power constraints to enable remote science and environmental observations, along with the analyses of the "Tapo Caparo" Marker band drilled sample with the rover's internal CheMin and SAM instruments to determine ... Read more...

ExoMars: Back on track for the Red Planet

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Paris (ESA) Mar 14, 2023
A year has passed since the launch of the ESA's Rosalind Franklin rover mission was put on hold, but the work has not stopped for the ExoMars teams in Europe. In this programme, the ESA Web TV crew travel back to Turin, Italy to talk to the teams and watch as new t... Read more...

Crossing Off Our Liens at Tapo Caparo: Sols 3769-3770

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 14, 2023
Today's 2-sol plan wraps up our remaining drill campaign and workspace liens at Tapo Caparo. Our weekend plan ran successfully though we had a known issue which caused several of our remote sensing activities planned for the weekend to not execute. Today'... Read more...

ExoMars rover testing moves ahead and deep down

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Paris (ESA) Mar 15, 2023
This was the third successful deep drilling test on Earth for the European wheeled laboratory, an operation crucial to answer the question of whether there was, or is, life on the Red Planet. A year has passed since the launch of the rover mission was put on hold a... Read more...

Remains of a modern glacier found near Martian equator

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2023
In a groundbreaking announcement at the 54th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in The Woodlands, Texas, scientists revealed the discovery of a relict glacier near Mars' equator. Located in Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus at coordinates 7 degrees 33' S, ... Read more...

Toodle-oo Tapo Caparo: Sols 3771-3772

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2023
Today, we finally leave Tapo Caparo and begin something new. But... actually, we are not going very far. Whilst sitting at Tapo Caparo, we spent some time looking around at the neighbourhood using Mastcam and ChemCam imaging. Not too far away, we spotted a worksp... Read more...

Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumb trick inspires robotic exploration of caves on...

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 17, 2023
House hunting on Mars could soon become a thing, and researchers at the University of Arizona are already in the business of scouting real estate that future astronauts could use as habitats. Researchers in the UArizona College of Engineering have developed technol... Read more...

Spring Past the Marker Band: Sols 3776-3777

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2023
Our Tapo Caparo drill campaign is officially concluded and our wheels are turning again! Specifically, we're back on the strategically-created route up Aeolis Mons (aka Mount Sharp), "paving" the path as we go. As a personal habit, when we leave a distinct area I... Read more...

Geologists Love a Good Contact: Sols 3773-3775

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2023
With a jam packed three-sol plan on her plate, Curiosity won't have time to kick back and relax this weekend! The rover is heading south across the Marker Band and is currently sitting in front of a lovely view that includes a contact between two types of bedrock... Read more...

Lunar Outpost and EPE will co-lead their consortium in supporting Australia's...

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 20, 2023
Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP, along with dignitaries from the Australian Space Agency and NASA announced the EPE and Lunar Outpost Oceania Consortium as one of two successful groups to receive Stage 1 grant funding from the Austr... Read more...

Waves and a Rock: Sols 3778-3779

27 Mar 2023 at 11:57pm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2023
Monday's planned drive positioned Curiosity with a new workspace to investigate. We have left the Marker Band, with Natalie's blog nicely summarizing our campaign there. As a physicist and spectroscopist by training, I find myself looking more at the analytical d... Read more...

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