NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gives High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover got its first high-definition look around its new home in Jezero Crater on Feb. 21, after rotating its mast, or “head,” 360 degrees, allowing the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument to capture its first panorama after touching down on the Red Planet on Feb 18.
Space Station Science Highlights: Week of February 15, 2021
Scientific investigations conducted aboard the International Space Station the week of Feb. 15 included studies of flame spread in confined spaces, direct RNA sequencing from tissue samples, and acoustic monitoring of equipment.
35 Years Ago: Launch of Mir Space Station’s First Module
On Feb. 19, 1986, the Soviet Union launched the first module of the Mir space station. Called the Mir base block or core module, this first element provided living accommodations, life support, command and control, and communications systems.
About Half of Sun-Like Stars Could Host Rocky, Potentially Habitable Planets
According to new research using data from NASA’s retired planet-hunting mission, the Kepler space telescope, about half the stars similar in temperature to our Sun could have a rocky planet capable of supporting liquid water on its surface.
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