How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

When she’s not hunting for ancient life on other planets, Bosak studies the earliest life on our own, a process she says is analogous to what Perseverance will be doing on Mars.

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

And one of the very first things NASA does when a spacecraft lands on another planet is to have it take a selfie: “Let me see your wheels in the dirt so I know you got there safely.” Or “Snap a photo of your solar panels so we can see how dirty they are.” A simple selfie can tell a science team if an instrument is broken, say, or how close it might be to an object.

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSOne of the decade’s most thrilling moments in space happened in 2015 when NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past Pluto, making it the first and only mission to ever visit this gorgeous dwarf planet.

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis group of rocks is called Squid Cove, and like Old Soaker, it has seen a lot of wet and dry spells.

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

(Astronauts pounded a “drive tube” into the lunar ground to pull a core of material, weighing about 800 grams.) Astronauts on Apollo-era moon-landing missions brought many rock samples down to Earth; these were vacuum-sealed and have never been exposed to our atmosphere.

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion is now impossible not to see doubly, as both a brilliant piece of familial horror and a story of backlash and political misunderstanding.

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System NASA announced that, after 15 years and 5,000 charge cycles, the Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead.

Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

"We have five seconds to change people's minds.”'If there's ever going to be an emoji for a rover on the sidewalk, it better look like Serve.'Bastian Lehmann, Postmates co-founder and CEOSo Kashani developed a new objective: The rover had to work, yes, and successfully navigate its way into restaurants without running anyone over.

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

The case fuels ongoing controversy over video game companies’ unlicensed use of existing hip-hop dances, which players can purchase to customize their in-game avatars.

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Its maker, though, can handle the grumblings—Jaguar Land Rover has sold 772,000 Evoques since introducing the luxury compact SUV in 2010.As it pushes for the million mark, it makes sense that JLR has upped the “utility” with those civilized, civilian customers in mind: The newly unveiled latest generation of the Evoque is built to conquer the mall parking lot.Naturally, the 2020 Evoque comes stuffed with coddling goodies.