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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter ended its sixth flight test on Mars earlier than planned last week after bugging out mid-flight, the rotorcraft’s chief pilot wrote in a blog post on Thursday. The four-pound mini helicopter was aiming to fly farther than any of its previous excursions to test out its scientific reconnaissance capabilities, as the latest …

The six-wheel solar-powered rover, which weighs about 240 kilograms (529 pounds), touched down on Mars on May 15. Its mission is intended to last three months, the Chinese government said, during which time it will search for signs or evidence of ancient life on Mars’ surface. Zhurong is named after a god of fire in …

May 22nd 2021 AT 17:17 GMT on May 14th Tianwen-1, a Chinese mission which had been orbiting Mars since February 10th, made a subtle adjustment to its trajectory—one that put it on course to hit the planet’s surface six hours later. After three hours, however, it broke itself in two. One part readjusted its path …

Zhurong, seen here in an illustration, safely touched down on the surface of Mars. CNSA China’s Zhurong rover touched down on the surface of Mars over the weekend, marking a new milestone for the country’s space program. But we may face a bit of a wait before we see the rover’s first views of Mars.  …

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin Martian air. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity made its fifth test flight, a short one-way trip to a new airfield. …

NASA’s Mars helicopter went up again, going faster and traveling a total distance that was about the length of an American football field on its third trip through the wispy air of Mars. Like the first two flights, the small experimental flying robot, named Ingenuity, perfectly executed its instructions from Earth. At 1:31 a.m. Eastern …

After overcoming an earlier software glitch, NASA’s $80 million Ingenuity helicopter spun up its carbon-composite rotors and lifted off the dusty surface of Mars early Monday to become the first aircraft to fly on another planet, a “Wright brothers moment” that could pave the way to future interplanetary aircraft. Tipping the scales at just 4 pounds …

Illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The Ingenuity team has identified a software solution for the command sequence issue identified on Sol 49 (April 9) during a planned high-speed spin-up test of the helicopter’s rotors. Over the weekend, the team considered and tested multiple potential solutions to this issue, concluding that minor …

San Diego will make its mark on space this weekend when a piece of a local business’s technology will help power a tiny helicopter as it hovers over Mars. Qualcomm took a huge part in what’s expected to be a historic moment by developing the technology that will power Ingenuity’s flight. Ingenuity, a light helicopter …

“At least the crater is in the right place!” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted. All three of SpaceX’s previous prototypes crash landed or exploded shortly after landing. SpaceX engineer John Insprucker, who hosted a webcast of the test launch, said SN11 had a normal ascent and all appeared to be well before on-board cameras lost …