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NASA's Mars lander InSight losing power, heading for dusty demise in July
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NASA's Mars lander InSight losing power, heading for dusty demise in July

NASA said it will keep using InSight lander's seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out. Then flight controllers will monitor the spacecraft until the end of 2022, before calling everything off

Jokes Apart | Elon Musk, Virat Kohli and the courage of false conviction
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Jokes Apart | Elon Musk, Virat Kohli and the courage of false conviction

While Elon Musk should get over his fantasy that the future of humanity will be decided by bad aphorisms, Virat Kohli should get over the idea that he will get back to stroking the ball beautifully as long as he continues to fail in the thick of things

European Space Agency ends cooperation with Russia on three lunar missions
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European Space Agency ends cooperation with Russia on three lunar missions

The ESA is looking for other options and partners to test the technology that would have formed part of the Russian missions, it said, adding some had already been found

New study of 1980s Mars meteorite debunks proof of ancient life on planet
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New study of 1980s Mars meteorite debunks proof of ancient life on planet

The only way to prove whether Mars ever had or still has microbial life, according to Steele, is to bring samples to Earth for analysis

Mars-like conditions simulated in Israel's Negev desert to study human behaviour, effect of isolation
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Mars-like conditions simulated in Israel's Negev desert to study human behaviour, effect of isolation

The six so-called "analogue astronauts" are from Austria, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain and will live in isolation in the station until the end of the month.

Mars' landscape was shaped by flooded crater lakes which was a common occurrence: Study
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Mars' landscape was shaped by flooded crater lakes which was a common occurrence: Study

Mars has more craters on its surface compared to Earth, meaning that billions of years ago, when the planet was very wet, crater lakes were common.

Meteor showers galore: Here is a list of celestial events in October to keep an eye out for
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Meteor showers galore: Here is a list of celestial events in October to keep an eye out for

From the Leonis Minorids Meteor Shower to the Southern Taurid Meteor Shower, the Draconid Meteor Shower and the δ-Aurigid Meteor Shower, October is a sky watchers delight.

NASA confirms Perseverance rover has collected, stowed away its first Mars rock sample
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NASA confirms Perseverance rover has collected, stowed away its first Mars rock sample

Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 2-meter-long robotic arm to extract samples.

NASA Ingenuity helicopter isn't ready to retire, will continue to go on flying misions
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NASA Ingenuity helicopter isn't ready to retire, will continue to go on flying misions

"Everything is working so well," said Josh Ravich, the head of Ingenuity's mechanical engineering team. "We're doing better on the surface than we had expected."

NASA's Perseverance rover might've succeeded in collecting a piece of Martian rock
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NASA's Perseverance rover might've succeeded in collecting a piece of Martian rock

NASA plans a mission to bring around 30 samples back to Earth in the 2030s, where scientists will be able to conduct more detailed analysis that might confirm there was microbial life.

Researchers find Mars' snow has dust mixed into it, could melt into water
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Researchers find Mars' snow has dust mixed into it, could melt into water

The team intends to dig deeper into ice exposures on Mars and learn more about the planet's climate history.

China's Zhurong rover completes initial mission, will continue to explore Mars
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China's Zhurong rover completes initial mission, will continue to explore Mars

It said it would continue to explore the area known as Utopia Planitia where it landed on 14 May.

Hit and miss: Perseverance rover failed its first rock sample collection on Mars
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Hit and miss: Perseverance rover failed its first rock sample collection on Mars

NASA plans on bringing back around 30 samples that will be analyzed with sophisticated instruments than those on Mars.

Watch: NASA rescued SpaceX with $1.5 billion contract, says Elon Musk in viral video
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Watch: NASA rescued SpaceX with $1.5 billion contract, says Elon Musk in viral video

While narrating the incident during an interview, a teary-eyed Elon Musk said, “I couldn’t even hold the components. I just blurted out ‘I love you guys’”.

Perseverance rover gears up for its first rock collection drive on Mars
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Perseverance rover gears up for its first rock collection drive on Mars

The crater was once home to an ancient lake and analyzing these samples will reveal clues about the rocks' chemical and mineral composition.

NASA shares satellite images of phytoplanktons; see pictures here
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NASA shares satellite images of phytoplanktons; see pictures here

Taking to their Instagram handle, the space agency posted a few photos that featured phytoplanktons in turquoise, green, and light blue colour in water.

Venus, Mars and crescent moon to align in 'planetary conjunction' during 12-13 July
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Venus, Mars and crescent moon to align in 'planetary conjunction' during 12-13 July

People can use ordinary binocular to watch this event and those who continue watching the skies will even witness the departure of these planets.

Mars' auroras happen all over the planet and UAE's Hope orbiter captures new images
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Mars' auroras happen all over the planet and UAE's Hope orbiter captures new images

While Earth’s magnetic field is like one large bar magnet, Mars' magnetic field is like if someone has taken "bag of magnets and dumped them into the crust of the planet.