NASA’s InSight Gets a Few Extra Weeks of Mars Science – NASA’s InSight Mars Lander

InSight’s Final Selfie: NASA’s InSight Mars lander took this final selfie on April 24, 2022, the 1,211th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The lander is covered with far more dust than it was in its first selfie, taken in December 2018, not long after landing – or in its second selfie, composed of … Read more

NASA spots ‘shiny metal foil’ on Mars in strange photo – can you solve the mystery?

NASA has stumbled across an “unexpected” shiny object on Mars. The space agency’s Perseverance rover spotted the metal foil-like item during a routine wander. But before you start speculating about aliens, the truth behind is a lot closer to home. It turns out the material is one of NASA’s own. Experts revealed the “surprise” finding … Read more

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

What’s This Weird Balancing Rock on Mars?

This image was taken by Perseverance on Sol 466, or June 12, 2022 by Earth’s calendar. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU My colleague noticed something strange in the latest batch of photos from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover: A roundish rock appears to be carefully balanced atop a jagged outcrop. How did that get there? The photo was taken … Read more

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