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Perseverance during descent

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA’s Perseverance Arrives on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover, now safely on the floor of Jezero crater, will soon begin its search for evidence of past life on Mars.

An artist's illustration of the Perseverance Mars Rover on Mars

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Watch Online: NASA's Perseverance Landing on Mars

One week from today, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars. Find resources here — including broadcast of the landing itself.

Perseverance

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

A Timeline for NASA’s Perseverance Landing on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to land on Mars tomorrow in a complex but well-tested procedure — its very own "seven minutes of terror."

Tianwen-1

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

China's Tianwen 1 Arrives at Mars

China’s ambitious mission to Mars, Tianwen 1, has arrived at the Red Planet and will attempt to land a rover on the surface in May.

Mars Hope

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

The United Arab Emirates' Hope Enters Orbit Around Mars

The United Arab Emirates Hope orbiter is the first in a series of spacecraft arriving at the Red Planet in the next week.

Chang'e 5 T1 view of the Moon and Earth

Spacecraft and Space Missions

China's Chang'e 5 Probe Heads Sunward

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft helped deliver samples from the Moon to Earth. Now it’s heading for an extended mission to observe the Sun.

Juno Insight

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA Extends Juno, InSight Missions

NASA has granted two key planetary missions extensions, so InSight and Juno will continue to return data from Mars and Jupiter, respectively, for years to come.

Artemis-1

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Space Missions to Watch in 2021

The coming year will feature three space missions arriving at Mars, the launch of SLS and James Webb, and much more.

Chang'e 5

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Chang'e 5's Lunar Sample Arrives on Earth

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample-return capsule has arrived safely on Earth.

Hayabusa 2

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Hayabusa 2 Returns Sample of Asteroid Ryugu to Earth

The predawn operation to recover the Hayabusa 2 sample-return capsule in the Australian Outback was a success.

Chang'e 5 panorama

Spacecraft and Space Missions

China's Chang'e 5 Collects Samples, Departs from the Moon

China's Chang’e-5 ascent vehicle has departed Oceanus Procellarum with pieces of lunar soil after a lightning-quick sample collection.

Chang'e 5 (art)

Spacecraft and Space Missions

China Lands Ambitious Sample-Return Mission on the Moon

The aim of China's Chang'e 5 mission is to return samples of lunar soil to Earth by the end of 2020.

Crew One

Spacecraft and Space Missions

SpaceX Launches Four Astronauts to the International Space Station

A crew of four is headed to the International Space Station, on Crew Dragon’s first operational launch, Crew One.

Mars Ascent Vehicle concept

Science and Space Policy

Mars Sample Return Program Forges Ahead

It's full steam ahead for the joint NASA-ESA Mars Sample Return, a complex plan to collect bits of Mars and — for the first time — send them to Earth.

Space Debris

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Distant Space Debris a Threat to Satellites

New observations show we're not tracking a majority of debris in higher orbits.

Astrobotics

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Two Lunar Lander Missions for 2021

Two commercial landers are set to head to the Moon next year.

OGO 1

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Half-ton OGO 1 Spacecraft Set to Reenter

NASA's Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 1, a bus-sized relic of the early Space Age, is set to reenter in the coming week.

radar map of Titan's north pole

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Winds and Tides Drive Sea Waves on Titan

Sunlight glittering off rough patches of sea on Saturn’s largest moon indicates ever-changing waves.

Earth vs Hayabusa 2

Solar System

Potential New Targets for Japan's Hayabusa 2 Mission

The Hayabusa 2 team has laid out a proposal for an extended mission to one of two asteroids after the spacecraft's sample return this December.

Rover tracks on Mars

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Three Missions Head for Mars

The summer of 2020 will see three spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet, each one with distinct objectives.

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