Opportunity Mars rover is probably dead after 15-year mission

Spacecraft destined for Mars keep getting larger and heavier. NASA's Curiosity rover is already nearly one tonne, but payloads will continue to increase, especially if humans become part of the equation. A new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has examined the options for weightier missions in the five- to 20-ton payload range and found that, paradoxically, having heavy spacecraft make hypersonic nosedives into the Martian atmosphere can allow them to be slowed down more efficiently with better control... Continue Reading Nosedives would make for better landings on weighty Mars missions Category: Space Tags: Mars University of Illinois

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Phys.org

MAVEN Mars orbiter goes low to support 2020 rover mission

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is taking on a new job as it shifts into a lower orbit to act as a communications relay for the Mars 2020 mission slated ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Gizmag

Nosedives would make for better landings on weighty Mars missions

Spacecraft destined for Mars keep getting larger and heavier. NASA's Curiosity rover is already nearly one tonne, but payloads will continue to increase, especially if humans become part ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Gizmag

Opportunity did not answer NASAís final call, and itís now gone to us

It roved a staggering 45.16 kilometers across the red planet.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Ars Technica

NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars - CNET

See what the rover saw. In 15 years on Mars, Oppy caught sight of meteorites, "blueberries," a "jelly doughnut" and other exotic rock formations.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

NASA sets likely funeral for silent Mars Opportunity rover - CNET

The solar-powered rover hasn't called home since being swamped by a massive dust storm months ago.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Video of Instagram Model Bitten by Wild Pig Goes Viral

A giant pig recently bit a fitness model at a beach, and the hilarious video is trending on Instagram. On Monday, fitness influencer Michelle Lewin posted the funny footage on her Instagram. ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Geek.com

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