Mars Has Auroras Without a Global Magnetic Field, And We Finally Know How

Earth’s auroras are a glorious wonder, but our planet is not the only place in the Solar System where these phenomena can be found. An atmospheric glow, albeit sometimes in invisible wavelengths, has been spotted at every planet except Mercury, and even some moons of Jupiter… and even a comet. But Mars is where it … Read more

Only a Whirlwind Can Save Mars Lander

(Newser) – NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The InSight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA says it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July, the AP reports. Then flight controllers will … Read more

NASA Announces InSight Lander on Mars May Only Have a Few Months Left

The InSight Mars lander will cease science operations sometime in the next few months due to a decreasing power supply, mission managers said at a news conference on May 17. Martian dust covering the solar has reduced the amount of power panels to roughly 500 watt-hours per Mars day or sol. When InSight landed in … Read more

The InSight Mars Lander Mission Will End This Year, NASA Says

NASA officials announced in a press conference today that the InSight lander on Mars will likely stop operating at the end of 2022, following three years of scientific work on the surface of the Red Planet. InSight arrived on Mars in November 2018, and during its time on the Martian surface it has collected remarkable … Read more

Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole by EHT, Russia’s ISS Bluff, Ingenuity’s Problems | Space Bites

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spotted a ‘Doorway’ on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover took a photo of a Lovecraftian feature on the surface of Mars last week: a seemingly rectangular and shadowy opening in the planet’s exposed rock that looks as if it leads into the Martian underground. The image was captured on May 7 by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam while it ascended Mount Sharp. … Read more

‘Monster’ Quake on Mars Is The Biggest Ever Recorded on Another Planet, NASA Says

In terms of seismic events on the red planet (or indeed any other planet besides Earth), this is the biggest one recorded so far: the NASA InSight lander has recorded a ‘monster’ of a marsquake, which is estimated to have hit magnitude 5 on the scale used on Earth. That beats the previous record holder, … Read more

NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Huge Marsquake

NASA’s Insight Mars lander recorded a magnitude 5 quake on the Red Planet last week, the largest such rumble ever observed on another world. The news comes just one week after the lander confirmed the intensities and locations of its previous largest quakes. Those occurred in August and September 2021 and were magnitudes 4.1 and … Read more

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Late last week, NASA’s ingenuity helicopter managed to reestablish its connection with the perseverance rover following a brief communications disruption. The space agency says the looming winter is likely responsible and is making adjustments as a result. On Thursday, Ingenuity—mercifully—sent a signal to Perseverance after the intrepid helicopter missed a scheduled communications session. It marked … Read more