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Ten Years on Mars for NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity!

Ten Years on Mars for NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity!

Ten years ago this month, NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars for 90 day missions. Much to the surprise of everyone, Spirit’s mission lasted nearly seven years, and Opportunity is still operational and making scientific discoveries to this day!

Love Space Exploration? Watch this Documentary!

PBS Nova has an awesome documentary about NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. I embeded it here but it is also available on Netflix and the PBS website. Click below for Chapters 1-4

Chinese Lunar Rover Lands on Moon! Begins Exploration!

Chinese Lunar Rover Lands on Moon! Begins Exploration!

The Chinese lunar rover, Jade Rabbit has embarked from the Chang’e 3 spacecraft. The Chinese rover will be the first lunar rover to operate on the Moon in over 40 years. The Jade Rabbit will begin its mission to learn more about the composition of the lunar surface.

Spirit Rover Update – Stuck Mars Rover

Spirit Rover Update – Stuck Mars Rover

NASA is currently planning on imaging the underbody of the immobile rover to see just how badly Spirit is trapped in the sand.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will Map the Moon’s Surface for Manned Missions

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, will collect data about the moon in support of future manned missions.

Spirit Rover Update – Still Stuck, But NASA is Working on it.

Spirit Rover Update – Still Stuck, But NASA is Working on it.

Stuck Spirit Mars Rover receives good news about her middle wheel. Diagnostics indicate it may not be jammed after all. Opportunity snaps a picture of herself.

Mars Rover Stuck in Deep Sand, says NASA

Mars Rover Stuck in Deep Sand, says NASA

Earlier this month, Spirit, one of NASA’s Mars rovers, became stuck in deep sand. NASA engineers are working to find the best method of freeing the aging rover.

NASA’s Lunar Exploration Robot Prototype – Scarab the Moon Drilling Rover

NASA’s Lunar Exploration Robot Prototype – Scarab the Moon Drilling Rover

NASA’s Moon rover, Scarab, will drill and test the Moon’s surface

Lawn-Mower Sized Robots could Help Build a Lunar Base

Lawn-Mower Sized Robots could Help Build a Lunar Base

Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have found a way to use riding lawn-mower sized construction robots to prepare our Moon’s surface for a NASA outpost. The goal of the project was to figure out how to reduce the disruption of Moon dust when outpost rockets land or take off. Since the Moon […]