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A Look at How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified these potential snags before they happen. Read more...

NASA plans to send helicopter drone to Mars to help rovers

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on the Mars Helicopter, which is a drone that would serve as a low-flying scout to help rovers.

This Company Worked With NASA to Launch 3D Tech, Lasers, and Robots To Avoid Another Billion-Dollar

After a massive explosion, Pacific Gas & Electric took matters into its own hands to avoid a repeat. The entire industry could benefit.

Proof Of Life On Mars? New NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Photo Shows Ancient Coffin

A new Mars Curiosity Rover photo has alien hunters buzzing about the existence of life on Mars once again. YouTube researcher “Martian Archeologist” shared this photo earlier this week, and the UFO researcher claims it shows an ancient Martian sarcophagus or coffin. Show More Summary

Articulated Tripodal UFO And Alien Moon Base In 1971 Apollo 15 Mission Photo

A UFO researcher reports an anomaly in an Apollo 15 mission photo found in the archives of the website of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC maintained by the Arizona State University (ASU). The digital image may be viewed in the LROC’s Apollo Digital Image Archive here. Show More Summary

NASA's Opportunity Has Now Explored the Martian Surface for 11 Years

Eleven years ago today—in fact, at this very minute (12:05 am ET)—NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on Mars for what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. Since then, Opportunity has proven to be an engineering marvel by traveling almost 26 miles on the Martian surface, more than any other off-Earth surface vehicle. Read more...

NASA planning Mars Helicopter to assist future rovers

The amount of data and stunning imagery being delivered by NASA's Curiosity rover has given us new insight into Mars, but a new concept vehicle for future missions could dramatically increase our knowledge of the red planet NASA's Jet...Show More Summary

Watch How NASA Beautifully Visualized Airflow Over Years Of Flight Tests

last weekVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

This jaw dropping video spans many decades of NASA flight testing which is cool in itself, but the fact that it concentrates on clips where the normally unseen movement of air is documented makes it downright wondrous. It also acts as a strong reminder of just what the 'A' stands for in NASA. Read more...

NASA's Opportunity Rover

Celebrating 11 years on Mars with some extraordinary photographs. Mind-boggling. [HT: Instapundit]

Daily 2 Cents: Apollo 7 Crew Accused of UFO Cover-Up -- Haunted Wooden Chest Sold on Craigslist -- Man Cooked to Death in Sauna

Did NASA hide UFO with DUCT TAPE? Apollo astronauts accused of cover up Footage from Apollo mission shows astronauts using duct tape to block view of strange objectAstronauts then whack a piece of sticky tape over camera lens, neatly...Show More Summary

Morning Must Reads: January 24

Fuel’s Paradise A majority of Americans are paying less than $2 per gallon for gas for the first time since 2009, and the ever-cheapening fuel is helping put more money in consumers’ pockets and bolster the economy NASA Finds ‘Super Earths’ NASA’s Kepler Mission has found many planets in the “Goldilocks zone,” where it isn’t…

NASA and Microsoft team up for virtual Mars exploration

Years before the first astronauts set foot on Mars, scientists will already be there – virtually. Thanks to a collaboration between NASA and Microsoft aimed at advancing human-robot interactions, the space agency's OnSight software will...Show More Summary

The Engineering Challenges Facing NASA's Mars 'Helicopter'

We’ve put a rover on Mars, heck, we’ve got a few of them up there. What’s the next step, before the inevitable invasion by humans? A helicopter obviously! Well, more specifically, drones that can help the poor ground-shackled rovers get a better idea of what lies ahead in their travels. More »      

Forget aliens — these NASA drones track methane

The space agency is adapting technology used to test for life on Mars to help preserve it here on Earth.

Celebrate the International Year of Light with these stunning NASA images

These images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory will make you think about light in a whole new way.

3-D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens a window into ice history

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA's Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate...Show More Summary

Fourth UFO Buzzes International Space Station — What Is Strange Object In NASA Video Feed?

A new UFO video from the NASA feed broadcast from a camera mounted on the International Space Station orbiting 275 miles above Earth shows a mysterious, ghostly object that seems to rise into view an then fade out. But what accountsShow More Summary

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