NASA is sending its first autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020

The next vehicle NASA is sending to Mars nestles somewhere between a rover and a satellite, at least in terms of altitude. The agency is bundling an autonomous helicopter with the Mars 2020 rover to test airborne vehicles on the red planet. The drone weighs 1.8 kilograms (just under four pounds) and the dual, counter-rotating […]

In an interplanetary first, NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars

WASHINGTON — NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency’s 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world. The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter, designed to take flight in the […]

NASA is launching a quake-hunting lander to Mars today — here’s how to watch the InSight blast off live

NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA’s Mars InSight lander is set to take off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday. The InSight will take six months to reach Mars, where it will drill into the red planet and measure marsquakes. This will be the first time NASA launches an interplanetary rocket from the West Coast. Watch […]

NASA makes flying to Mars look easy, but cross your fingers for InSight anyway

Enlarge / NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green discusses NASA’s InSight mission during a prelaunch media briefing. (credit: NASA) Weather permitting, NASA will send its first spacecraft to Mars since 2013 early on Saturday morning. The InSight mission, designed to study the interior of the Red Planet, is the agency’s first Martian lander—a stationary vehicle as […]

Cooperatively Keep A Rickety Ship Flying Through Space In 39 Days to Mars

Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter aim to pilot the HMS Fearful on its voyage to Mars. It’s a noble endeavor for the intrepid explorers, but unfortunately, their ship is a most unreliable device, requiring two players to work together to keep the clunker in flight in 39 Days to Mars. Problems […]

John Krasinski Lines Up ‘Life on Mars’, His Sci-Fi Follow-Up To ‘A Quiet Place’

Former The Office star John Krasinski surprised a lot of people – us included – with A Quiet Place, his terrific new horror film that cost $ 17 million to make but has already grossed $ 85 million worldwide. We expect Paramount to green light a sequel any day now, but Krasinski isn’t interested in waiting […]

Elon Musk has published a new study about his ambitious plans to colonize Mars with SpaceX

Anaele Pelisson/Business Insider; Getty Images; Shutterstock; SpaceX SpaceX founder Elon Musk has authored a second academic study, published this month in the journal New Space. The paper describes SpaceX’s current plans for starting a Mars colony with a fully reusable Big Falcon Rocket system. The study closely follows an October 2017 talk Musk gave in […]