Astrobotic Is Developing a Lunar Rover to Withstand the Moon’s Long, Harsh Night

Astrobotic Is Developing a Lunar Rover to Withstand the Moon’s Long, Harsh Night

An illustration of the CubeRover model.Drawing: Astrobotic Landing safely on the Moon is one thing, but surviving through the cold temperatures of the two-week lunar night a whole other challenge That’s why NASA has recently contracted Astrobotic to develop a small rover for the Moon’s nighttime environment, with battery and communications technology meant to withstand … Read more

Brock scientist and student contribute to new Mars research

Brock scientist and student contribute to new Mars research

For a few Brock University students taught by professor Mariek Schmidt, an opportunity to assist in her research has literally sent them “over the moon.” Schmidt, a geologist who studies igneous and volcanic rocks on both Earth and Mars, is one of a team of world-renowned scientists collaborating on the Perseverance rover mission underway on … Read more

NASA confirms origin for spaghetti-like object found on Mars by rover

NASA confirms origin for spaghetti-like object found on Mars by rover

Last month NASA’s Perseverance rover snapped an image of the martian surface that caused the internet to claw for answers at what was seen in the image. VIEW GALLERY – 3 IMAGES Perseverance managed to capture a strange string-like object in the photograph on July 12, sparking viral internet debate about the origin of the … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance rover has spotted a noodle-like object on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover has spotted a noodle-like object on Mars

last month, NASA’s Perseverance rover, currently roaming on Mars, took a rare photo of a shiny silver object wedged between two rocks on the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater and beamed it back to Earth for all to see. The object, it turned out, was a piece of the rover’s own junk. “My team has … Read more

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

The four-wheeled, two-armed Interact rover spent four days collecting rocks on Mount Etna. Photo: ESA While working out of a hotel room in Italy, astronaut Thomas Reiter commanded a four-wheeled robot to pick up rocks from the surface of an active volcano on the Sicilian east coast, and he did so while role-playing as though … Read more

A Hitchhiking Rock Has Traveled With The Perseverance Rover For More Than 120 Days

A Hitchhiking Rock Has Traveled With The Perseverance Rover For More Than 120 Days

Roaming Mars is a lonely existence for NASA’s Perseverance, but the exploratory rover now has a traveling companion: a hitchhiking “pet rock” that got stuck in one of its wheels. Luckily, the Martian stone won’t impact the rover’s science mission and is only a minor inconvenience – like having a pebble stuck in your shoe. … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance Studies the Wild Winds of Jezero Crater – NASA Mars Exploration

NASA’s Perseverance Studies the Wild Winds of Jezero Crater – NASA Mars Exploration

The rover’s weather sensors witnessed daily whirlwinds and more while studying the Red Planet.​ During its first couple hundred days in Jezero Crater, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover saw some of the most intense dust activity ever witnessed by a mission sent to the Red Planet’s surface. Not only did the rover detect hundreds of dust-bearing … Read more

Perseverance Now Selects its Own Targets to Zap

Perseverance Now Selects its Own Targets to Zap

Perseverance has continued into Hawksbill Gap, making remote sensing observations of small portions of outcropping rock layers in search of a good place to collect a sample. Since Perseverance is in the Shenandoah quadrangle, we are using target names from Shenandoah National Park. Some of the names this past week included “Bald_Face_Mountain,” “Little_Devil_Stairs,” “Sunset_Hill,” “Luck_Hollow,” … Read more

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Scouts Ridgeline for Perseverance Science Team – NASA Mars Exploration

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Scouts Ridgeline for Perseverance Science Team – NASA Mars Exploration

‘Fortun Ridge’ Imaged on Ingenuity’s Flight 27​: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter scouted this ridgeline near the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater because it is of interest to Perseverance rover scientists. Enlarged at right is a close-up of one of the ridgeline’s rocky outcrops. The image was captured on April 23, during the rotorcraft’s 27th … Read more

The Perseverance rover is starting the next stage of its Mars mission

The Perseverance rover is starting the next stage of its Mars mission

NASA’s Perseverance Rover first landed on the surface of Mars just over a year ago, on February 18th, 2021. Perseverance landed in the Jezero Crater on Mars and, in its first science campaign, has collected eight rock-core samples from the area. It has since journeyed to Jezero’s ancient river delta on April 13th, 2022, to … Read more