NASA invites you to put your name on the Mars 2020 rover

Artist's impression of the Mars 2020 rover on the surface of the Red Planet

Members of the public can now sign up to have their name accompany NASA's much anticipated Mars 2020 rover as it unravels the secrets of the Red Planet. The names will not be stored digitally within a chip, but instead etched upon one by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, with the help of an incredibly precise electron beam.

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Pluto may have a subsurface ocean thanks to layer of gas insulation

Natural color images of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015

If there is a subsurface sea on Pluto, why hasn't it frozen solid? According to computer simulations devised by researchers from Japan's Hokkaido University and elsewhere, it may be that the hypothetical Plutonian sea may remain liquid thanks to an insulating gas layer keeping in the heat.

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Apollo 10: The mission that paved the way for the Moon landing

Apollo 10 was the final rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing in 1969

Fifty years ago and a quarter of a million miles away, three astronauts carried out the dress rehearsal for one of the greatest events in human history. On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 lifted off from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Its mission: to return to the Moon and make the final flight tests that would pave the way for the Apollo 11 lunar landing two months later.

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NASA backs development of cryogenic hydrogen system to power all-electric aircraft

Artist's rendering of an advanced commercial transport aircraft concept utilizing CHEETA systems

The University of Illinois has announced that NASA is underwriting a project to develop a cryogenic hydrogen fuel cell system for powering all-electric aircraft. Funded by a three-year, US$6 million contract, the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft (CHEETA) will investigate the technology needed to produce a practical all-electric design to replace conventional fossil fuel propulsion systems.

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NASA's Lunar orbiter finds crash site of Beersheet lander

SpaceIL Beresheet crash site as seen by LROC eleven days after the attempted landing. Date in ...

A photographic search by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has discovered the crash site of the Israeli Beresheet moon lander. By making a series of comparison images, the hunt by the space agency and Arizona State University has confirmed the area where the privately operated unmanned spacecraft impacted the lunar surface on April 11, 2019, leaving behind a dark smudge.

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NASA's Artemis mission plans to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024

The Moon as seen by the Galileo deep-space probe in 1992

NASA has filled in some of the blanks concerning its return to the Moon, today giving the mission a name and declaring plans to put the first woman on the lunar surface. Now known as Artemis, the mission centers on the ambition to not only land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, but use it as a springboard for missions far beyond.

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Shrinking Moon may be experiencing powerful quakes to this day

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Earth's closest natural satellite could be producing powerful moonquakes as it cools and shrinks, according to a newly-published study. The scientists behind the research analyzed data from instruments placed by astronauts who visited the Moon's surface in the Apollo-era, as well as more recent data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

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Colorful thermal images to help reveal the origins of a doomed Martian moon

Views Mars' largest moon Phobos captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter

NASA has released new images of the Martian moon Phobos that could shed light on the origin of the enigmatic satellite. Scientists are currently unsure whether the barren moon is an asteroid that was captured by the Red Planet's gravitational pull, or if the world coalesced from debris cast out after a dramatic collision between Mars and another solar system object in the distant past.

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