NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

These days, Al-Amiri is quarantining near the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, where Hope is expected to depart on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet next week.“Thankfully, the most critical tests were done before the pandemic started, because two days after the team flew in, Japan imposed a two-week quarantine.”.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

First released in 1997 on the Sony PlayStation, it ushered in a new era of Japanese role-playing games, and in the process, its story—begrudging hero Cloud Strife and a ragtag band of idealists and hangers-on fight the captivatingly evil Sephiroth for the sake of the planet—became larger than life for a lot of players.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

The retired NASA mathematician, who died Monday at the age of 101, calculated the trajectories of the agency’s first space missions, including John Glenn ’s 1962 spaceflight in which he became the first American to orbit the planet, and the first moon landing in 1969.

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

The Ewoks face a heavily armed force of storm and scout troopers, with several light armor platforms.The Imperial force has just captured the supposedly elite Rebel Alliance special operations detachment tasked with knocking out the shield generator that protected the second iteration of the Death Star—conveniently located on the small, heavily wooded moon of the planet Endor.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

This year’s award goes to a Canadian physicist, James Peebles, whose theoretical work underpins the current understanding of the universe’s beginnings, and to two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who discovered the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star .

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

The mission uncovered two worlds very unlike any other planets in our solar system, and we now know that both have rings, as well as robust storms and bizarre icy moons.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Understanding how the Antarctic oceans work is vital to predicting the world’s future climate and the implications of climate change for humankind and the planet.

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

"Reddit has been crucial for me because they upvote and downvote things pretty objectively." Three weeks later, those aliens have re-appeared 11 times, and Strange Planet, as Pyle's burgeoning webcomic is known, has exploded online. "Before Twitter, you could do 12- or 16-panel comics and people would read them," Stevens says.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning—and Lots of Cork

NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning—and Lots of Cork

On Monday, November 26th, it will attempt its eighth, when it endeavors to land the $830-million InSight spacecraft on Elysium Planitia, a vast plain just north of the Martian equator.If NASA is successful, InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) will be the first mission to investigate Mars' deep interior with thermal probes and seismometry, an approach scientists think will address questions about the red planet's formation and composition.