Weekend COMMS Report

Jim’s Weekend COMMS Report with highlights from the Space Channel Digital Newsroom, a new and innovative approach to content delivery powered by Artificial Intelligence, Neural Language Processing and Procedurally Generated Animation. This Weekend’s Report covers: Blue Origin’s Uncrewed NS-23 Experience’s In-Flight Failure just over a minute into Flight NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars […]

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain

NASA’s Perseverance rover is well into its second science campaign, collecting rock-core samples from features within an area long considered by scientists to be a top prospect for finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. The rover has collected four samples from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater since July 7, […]

My Favorite Martian Image: ‘Enchanted’ Rocks at Jezero Crater

My Favorite Martian Image: ‘Enchanted’ Rocks at Jezero Crater

Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could convince Perseverance’s Katie Stack Morgan that these are not the rocks she’s looking for. Ask any space explorer, and they’ll have a favorite photograph or two from their mission. For Katie Stack Morgan, the deputy project scientist for NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover, the first close-up image of layered rocks at […]

NASA’s Perseverance Studies the Wild Winds of Jezero Crater

NASA’s Perseverance Studies the Wild Winds of Jezero Crater

The rover’s weather sensors witnessed daily whirlwinds and more while studying the Red Planet. During its first couple hundred days in Jezero Crater, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover saw some of the most intense dust activity ever witnessed by a mission sent to the Red Planet’s surface. Not only did the rover detect hundreds of dust-bearing […]

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Scouts Ridgeline for Perseverance Science Team

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Scouts Ridgeline for Perseverance Science Team

The rotorcraft provided rover scientists an aerial perspective of an interesting rocky outcrop. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed an intriguing ridgeline near the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater. The images – captured on April 23, during the tiny helicopter’s 27th flight – were taken at the request of the Perseverance Mars rover science […]

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Spots Gear That Helped Perseverance Rover Land

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Spots Gear That Helped Perseverance Rover Land

Eyeing some of the components that enabled the rover to get safely to the Martian surface could provide valuable insights for future missions. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed both the parachute that helped the agency’s Perseverance rover land on Mars and the cone-shaped backshell that protected the rover in deep space and during its […]

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures Video of Solar Eclipse on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures Video of Solar Eclipse on Mars

The Mastcam-Z camera recorded video of Phobos, one of the Red Planet’s two moons, to study how its orbit is changing over time. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to shoot video of Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, eclipsing the Sun. It’s the most zoomed-in, highest-frame-rate observation of a Phobos solar eclipse […]

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Arrives at Delta for New Science Campaign

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Arrives at Delta for New Science Campaign

The expanse of Jezero Crater’s river delta is shown in this panorama of 64 stitched-together images taken by the Mastcam-Z system on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on April 11, 2022, the 406th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS Collecting samples as it explores an ancient and now-dry river channel is but one […]

NASA’s Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover Is Breaking Records

NASA’s Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover Is Breaking Records

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is using its self-driving capabilities as it treks across Jezero Crater seeking signs of ancient life and gathering rock and soil samples for planned return to Earth. With the help of special 3D glasses, rover drivers on Earth plan routes with specific stops, but increasingly allow the rover to “take the […]

What Sounds Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover Reveal About Mars

What Sounds Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover Reveal About Mars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLTiv_XWHnOZqCrMU2ppcLjRn1zlDkNx3q&v=lX5iVyfF3N0&feature=emb_imp_woytThe ensemble of sounds in this video captured on Mars by NASA’s Perseverance rover includes a dust removal tool for rock analysis, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter, and the impact of a laser on rocks. A new study of some of those sounds, captured mostly by the rover’s SuperCam microphone during the first 216 Martian days […]