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ISRO's Mars orbiter was made for mission life of six months, completed seven years in orbit this month
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ISRO's Mars orbiter was made for mission life of six months, completed seven years in orbit this month

The lessons learnt have raised the confidence of ISRO scientists for taking up future interplanetary missions.

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

CNSA's Zhurong rover, lander click selfie with dusty Martian surface in the background
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CNSA's Zhurong rover, lander click selfie with dusty Martian surface in the background

The orbiter and lander both display small Chinese flags while the lander has outlines of the mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Navigation error sends NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on a wild, confusing ride on Mars
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Navigation error sends NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on a wild, confusing ride on Mars

It landed safely because its built-in system to provide an extra margin for stability “came to the rescue.”

China's Zhurong rover begins its 90-day exploration of Utopia Planitia on Mars
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China's Zhurong rover begins its 90-day exploration of Utopia Planitia on Mars

China has come a long way in its race to catch up with the US and Russia, who have decades of experience in space exploration.

China’s ambitious plans in space go beyond the moon and Mars
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China’s ambitious plans in space go beyond the moon and Mars

China is planning a single, 10-year mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and pass by a comet.

Tianwen-1: How China's Mars lander Zhurong will attempt to touch down on the red planet
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Tianwen-1: How China's Mars lander Zhurong will attempt to touch down on the red planet

Tianwen-1 will use a laser range finder to work out where it is relative to Martian terrain and microwave sensor to determine its speed more accurately.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter to scout ahead and assist Perseverance rover on Mars
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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter to scout ahead and assist Perseverance rover on Mars

This type of reconnaissance will prove useful to human missions, by scoping out the best paths for them and reaching locations that aren't accessible.

Ingenuity flies the furthest its ever gone in third successful flight on Mars
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Ingenuity flies the furthest its ever gone in third successful flight on Mars

The helicopter on this third flight covered 50 meters of distance, reaching the speed of two meters per second.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully completes second flight on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully completes second flight on Mars

This flight lasted 51.9 seconds with the helicopter climbing five meters and also moved sideways.

How did NASA's Ingenuity helicopter make it first flight on another planet?
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How did NASA's Ingenuity helicopter make it first flight on another planet?

Ingenuity doesn’t have the rear rotor blades and commands cannot be given in real-time.

Meet IIT alumnus Dr J (Bob) Balaram, the man who helped design NASA's Ingenuity helicopter
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Meet IIT alumnus Dr J (Bob) Balaram, the man who helped design NASA's Ingenuity helicopter

Balaram had said if the Mars helicopter was successful, it would open up a whole new dimension of exploring Mars.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully takes maiden flight in Jezero Crater on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully takes maiden flight in Jezero Crater on Mars

Perseverance rover sent a video showing the chopper hovering three meters for 10 seconds, then touching back down.

NASA shares Perseverance rover's selfie with its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars
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NASA shares Perseverance rover's selfie with its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars

The Ingenuity helicopter is only 1.8 kg in weight can be seen at a distance of four metres from the rover in the selfie

NASA postpones Ingenuity helicopter's first flight due to tech issues with its rotor
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NASA postpones Ingenuity helicopter's first flight due to tech issues with its rotor

Flight is a true challenge on Mar because the air is so thin and it has to spin its rotor blades much faster than it does on Earth

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter spends its first night in frigid Martian temperatures
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter spends its first night in frigid Martian temperatures

The first flight will see it climbing to a height of three meters, hover there for 30 seconds and then descend.