Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

A small chunk of rock that once broke away from Mars and found its way to Earth may hold clues that reveal surprising details about the red planet’s formation. A new analysis of the Chassigny meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1815, suggests that the way Mars obtained its volatile gases – such as carbon, … Read more

Meteorite that landed on Earth 200 years ago upends previous theories of how Mars formed

Meteorite that landed on Earth 200 years ago upends previous theories of how Mars formed

A meteorite that hit Earth more than 200 years ago could fundamentally change our understanding of how Mars was formed. Most of what we know about the Red Planet’s interior comes from three space rocks that landed on our planet after being blasted off Mars by impacts. They include the Chassingy meteorite, which came down … Read more

Mars rover spots shiny human garbage on the red planet – National

Mars rover spots shiny human garbage on the red planet – National

Humans have managed to leave litter on Mars despite never stepping foot on the planet. NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover spotted an unexpected piece of trash on the red planet, a shiny object wedged between two pieces of rock, according to a report from the space agency Wednesday. Read more: China says it may have detected … 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 Red Planet’s surface. Not only did the rover detect hundreds of dust-bearing whirlwinds … Read more

NASA’s Capstone lunar mission will launch later this month

NASA’s Capstone lunar mission will launch later this month

NASA is set to launch its ‘CAPSTONE’ spacecraft mission later this month to orbit around the moon, in preparation for a new lunar space station. The craft, which is around the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 55 pounds, will blast off from the Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand some time between June 13-22. … Read more

Scientists Think They Know What Causes Mars’s Planet-Encompassing Dust Storms

Scientists Think They Know What Causes Mars’s Planet-Encompassing Dust Storms

Mars is well-known for its seasonal dust storms, which can sometimes grow to encompass the entire planet. In June 2018, the dust storms became so severe that they obscured most of the planet’s surface, causing NASA to lose contact with Opportunity, which eventually proved fatal to the record-breaking rover. Understanding these storms and what causes … Read more