Close-up on glowing Neptune and its gossamer rings

Solar System

Neptune's Rings, Jupiter's “Frosted Cupcakes,” and 3D Views of Mars

Three solar system emissaries have returned beautiful and even interactive vistas of Neptune, Jupiter, and Mars.

Perseverance selfie at Skinner Ridge

Solar System

Perseverance Finds Ancient Habitable Conditions (But Not Yet Life) on Mars

The mission team has reported results from Perseverance's study of the rocks deposited by the river that once flowed into Jezero Crater.

Percy

Solar System

Perseverance Watches Wild Winds on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is recording the windy weather in Jezero Crater, chronicling its role in making the Red Planet dusty.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mission Update: Mars and the Moon

Mission teams presenting at this week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference provided updates on the Perseverance and Zhurong rovers at Mars, Chang'e 5's lunar sample return, and more.

Multiple holes in the Rochette rock on Mars

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Perseverance Successfully Grabs First Mars Samples (Updates)

After a rocky first start, Perseverance hit pay dirt on the second try. The rover collected two samples recording ancient volcanic eruptions and groundwater interaction.

First Sample

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Mars Perseverance Rover Hits a Snag on First Sampling Attempt (Update)

Perseverance came up empty on its first attempt to grab and stow a sample of Mars.

Cratered Floor, Fratcured Rough

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Perseverance to Collect First Sample from Mars

Perseverance will soon collect the first of many samples from the Martian surface in a quest to answer whether the planet once hosted life.

Ingenuity

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Set for Historic Flight

NASA is getting ready to deploy Ingenuity, the first helicopter mission to take to alien skies.

Perseverance

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Perseverance's Fortnight of Firsts on Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover sends back postcards aplenty following its arrival on Mars as it prepares to explore Jezero Crater.

Perseverance

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Watch NASA's Perseverance Land in Jezero Crater on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is providing us with amazing views of its new home., including an amazing video of the sky-crane descent.

Perseverance

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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."

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.

Mars Ascent Vehicle concept

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

Perseverance

Solar System

NASA Announces Next Mars Rover Name: Perseverance

NASA announced today that its next Mars rover mission now has its official name: Perseverance.

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