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Robots on Mars, an Empty Sample Tube and a Laser

Several days ago, a robot on Mars selected a hollow coring bit from its tool kit, drilled into a rock, withdrew the tool and placed the core into a sample tube. At least, that’s what should have happened. But just … Continue reading

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Perseverance Landing: Pictures From JPL and Mars

Picking up where I left off yesterday, Perseverance is on Mars. The UAE’s Hope (Misabar Al Amal) and China’s Tianwen-1 had already arrived. Misabar Al Amal is historically important. It’s the UAE’s first Mars orbiter. But today I’ll be talking … Continue reading

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Perseverance on Mars: February 18, 2021

(Mars 2020 getting ready for launch last year.) I’ll be looking at NASA’s Mars 2020 Ingenuity helicopter, the spacecraft, and an experimental oxygen generator. With a quick look at news of the mission’s landing this afternoon. Outward Bound: July 30, … Continue reading

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Exploring Mars, Looking for Life: and Still Learning

Mars is and will be in the news this month. The UAE Hope spacecraft settled into orbit around Mars Tuesday, February 9. Then, a day later, China’s Tianwen-1 arrived. “China Mars mission: Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters into orbit” Jonathan Amos, BBC … Continue reading

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