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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."

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.

Perseverance rover captures distinct hum of Ingenuity helicopter's fourth flight on Mars
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Perseverance rover captures distinct hum of Ingenuity helicopter's fourth flight on Mars

The $85 million tech demo was supposed to end a few days ago, but NASA extended the mission by at least a month to get more flying time.

Technical glitch keeps Ingenuity helicopter grounded on fourth Mars flight attempt
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Technical glitch keeps Ingenuity helicopter grounded on fourth Mars flight attempt

A glitch associated with its "watchdog timer," which alerts it to potential problems, pauses its processes if it thinks it has detected an error.

Perseverance rover converts CO2 into oxygen on Mars for the first time
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Perseverance rover converts CO2 into oxygen on Mars for the first time

MOXIE produced five grams of oxygen, equal to 10 minutes of breathable oxygen for astronaut carrying out normal activity.

NASA hopes that Ingenuity helicopter takes flight on Mars by early April
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NASA hopes that Ingenuity helicopter takes flight on Mars by early April

Ingenuity will be attempting to fly in an atmosphere that is one percent the density of Earth's, which makes achieving lift harder.

Where did all of Mars' water go? NASA thinks its trapped under its surface
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Where did all of Mars' water go? NASA thinks its trapped under its surface

They found that the planet lost most of its water between four to 3.7 billion years ago,

SuperCam on-board NASA's Perseverance rover collected its first samples on Mars
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SuperCam on-board NASA's Perseverance rover collected its first samples on Mars

The laser can zap objects smaller than a pencil point as far away as seven metres and observes spots beyond the reach of the rover's arm.

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover deploys wind sensor as health checks continue
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover deploys wind sensor as health checks continue

Perseverance's first big job will reportedly be to find an airfield where the Ingenuity helicopter can take off.

What we know about the Red Planet from 260 Martian meteorites found on Earth
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What we know about the Red Planet from 260 Martian meteorites found on Earth

Martian meteorites also hold clues about how people may one day be able to survive on the planet.

NASA shares stunning 360-degree panorama of Perseverance Mars rover's landing site
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NASA shares stunning 360-degree panorama of Perseverance Mars rover's landing site

The rover's cameras will help scientists ascertain the geological history and atmospheric conditions of Jezero Crater.

Terrestrial microbes could survive briefly on Mars, be a food source for astronauts: Study
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Terrestrial microbes could survive briefly on Mars, be a food source for astronauts: Study

The endurance of some microbes to conditions on Mars were tested by launching them into Earth's stratosphere, which closely represents that on Mars.

NASA shares video, audio of Perseverance Mars landing; Ingenuity helicopter reports in
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NASA shares video, audio of Perseverance Mars landing; Ingenuity helicopter reports in

In snippets of sound after the landing, the mechanical hum of the rover's systems and gusts of wind are audible.

Did life exist on Mars? Perseverance rover joins four centuries of work to find the answer
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Did life exist on Mars? Perseverance rover joins four centuries of work to find the answer

In 2000 scientists found that water had once flowed over its surface which rekindled interest in Mars exploration as they pored over images looking for evidence.

Seven minutes of terror: Understanding the tech Perseverance will need to survive Mars' landing
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Seven minutes of terror: Understanding the tech Perseverance will need to survive Mars' landing

The Perseverance rover, about the size of a car, is the largest Mars payload ever — weighing a tonne on Earth.

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters Mars orbit, two days after UAE spacecraft Hope's arrival
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China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters Mars orbit, two days after UAE spacecraft Hope's arrival

Next week, the American space agency will attempt to land its Perseverance rover in the Jezero Crater on Mars.

Pioneering Mars missions that paved the way for Perseverance, Hope, Tianwen-1's arrival this month
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Pioneering Mars missions that paved the way for Perseverance, Hope, Tianwen-1's arrival this month

Perseverance will be the fifth rover to arrive at Mars that's capable of venturing across the surface of another planet.

Perseverance, Tianwen-1, Hope: US, China, UAE spacecrafts to arrive at Mars in quick succession this month
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Perseverance, Tianwen-1, Hope: US, China, UAE spacecrafts to arrive at Mars in quick succession this month

China’s Tianwen-1 duo will remain paired in orbit until May, when the rover will separate, descend to the Martian surface.

Mars 'wobbles' as it spins, the exact cause may take 'years of high quality data' to uncover
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Mars 'wobbles' as it spins, the exact cause may take 'years of high quality data' to uncover

The planet's poles wander up to 10 centimetres from the average axis of rotation, in a cycle that repeats every 207 days.