One Cool Thing: Mars 2020 Rover Busts a Move

The 2020 Mars rover was recently seen showing off its dance moves, is this so the rover can dance with Britney on the Red Planet? Turns out the “break dancing” is a way for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to test the rover’s balance. As Space.com explained, engineers need to know the rover’s center of gravity to help prepare it for its long journey to the Red Planet, which is scheduled to take place next year. This will be especially important for the tricky entry, descent and landing phases.

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One Cool Thing: NASA Needs YOU — To Name Its New Rover

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There is an important election happening right now!  You can vote to name NASA’s next Mars rover.  The Agency held an essay contest and invited students from around the country to propose a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and write a short essay about it.  The nine finalists are: Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs […]

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Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

The European Space Agency has officially joined NASA on a mission to bust near-Earth asteroids through the AIDA space mission.

Humanity-destroying space objects aren’t just out of 90’s action flicks…

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One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

ICYMI, on Monday the planet Mercury made one of its rare appearances transiting the Sun.  It won’t do that again until 2032, and that one won’t be visible in the U.S.  It was super hard to see, but NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) had several special cameras filming it and on Wednesday they released a […]

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