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Jazz Shaw

Feb. 18 2021

While it might have been easy to miss with all of the disastrous news flooding the MSM these days, there’s something big about to happen on another planet. The Mars Perseverance rover will be attempting what the space agency describes as “the hardest landing” they’ve ever tried. The touchdown is expected to take place at approximately 3:55 eastern or 12:55 pacific time. NASA is pulling out all the stops in terms of getting the public involved with this event. They will be running science specials all day on each of their media platforms as well as their own television channel, NASA TV. If your network doesn’t carry it, probably the easiest way to follow along is on their YouTube channel. There will be a separate feed dedicated specifically to the landing going live later today. With that many people watching, now they just need to make sure that it doesn’t crash. (More on that in a moment)

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The Perseverance rover's Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) is set to collect data on wind with the deployment of a sensor on Mar. 1, 2021 (Sol 10). See imagery of the deployment and hear audio of the Martian wind captured by a microphone on Feb. 20.

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Mar. 30 2021

On March 27, 2021 NASA’s Curiosity Rover send HI-RES 4K UHD panoramic image from MARS’s sky with massive Martian Clouds. All images are non-edited to see Mars in real colors. Martian clouds and are animated from series of images. Dust storms are common during perihelion, when the planet receives 40 percent more sunlight than during aphelion (when Mars is farthest from the Sun). This annual variation in sunlight results in a 20°C increase in temperature during perihelion. The increased temperature causes continental-scale dust storms at the planet's surface. The dust is swept aloft to altitudes of tens of kilometers, where it spreads globally, absorbs light from the Sun, and heats the entire atmosphere by about another 15°-28°C. Mars also has a distinctive aphelion climate. The cold atmospheric conditions during aphelion stimulate the formation of planetwide belts of water ice clouds surrounding the planet at altitudes of 3 to 10 km. Surface dust raised by low dust storms is confined to low altitudes (about 10 km) and is eventually swept to the ground by the water ice clouds. The clouds further reduce atmospheric temperatures by forming around the dust. Without sunlight, the dust freezes and falls to the ground. This strong competition between dust heating and cloud cooling drives sweeping annual and short-term regional changes in Mars's climate.

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Mars helicopter Ingenuity goes long distance in 3rd flight on Red Planet

Make it a hat trick on the Red Planet for NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity.

 

The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper aced its third-ever Martian flight early this morning (April 25), adding to its already impressive resume.

"Third flight in the history books." officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California wrote on Twitter. "Our #MarsHelicopter continues to set records, flying faster and farther. The space chopper is demonstrating critical capabilities that could enable the addition of an aerial dimension to future missions to Mars & beyond."

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