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NASA’s InSight lander mission yields first scientific paper on Marsquakes

NASA’s InSight lander mission yields first scientific paper on Marsquakes

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Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers have published the first scientific papers that rely on data collected by NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just over a year ago. Observations made by the lander's super-sensitive seismometer, the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, have allowed scientists to gain new insights into the structure of the Red Planet's interior. In September 2019, InSight's seismometer recorded 174 seismic events. Since then, SEIS has recorded a total of 450 Marsquakes, an average of nearly two a day in recent months, but they have not yet been formally analyzed by scientists. According to the new research, published Monday in the journal Nature, the quakes take two forms. One type of Marsquake features low-​frequency seismic waves and register magnitudes
China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Technology
China has invited observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projectsBy SAMUEL McNEIL Associated PressNovember 14, 2019, 8:01 AM3 min read China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China plans to launch a lander and rover to Mars next year to explore parts of the planet in detail. China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone earlier this year by landing a probe on the mysterious far side of the moon. It has developed r...
NASA says missing moon lander could be hidden by shadow

NASA says missing moon lander could be hidden by shadow

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By Bree Johnson-Obeng, news reporter NASA has been unable to locate a lost lunar lander launched from India two months ago - but says it could simply be "hiding in a shadow".The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost touch with the Vikram lander as it approached the moon's south pole earlier this month, and it was not clear whether it had crashed or landed. Image: NASA released this image of part of the intended Vikram landing site The US agency stepped in to help find Vikram and has now released photos around its targeted landing site from 17 September.NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter scanned more than 92 miles of the area where the lander was supposed to touch down, b...
Indian moon lander found after going silent before scheduled landing

Indian moon lander found after going silent before scheduled landing

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Sept. 8 (UPI) -- India's lunar lander has been found on the surface of the moon after going silent moment before it was scheduled for a soft landing, the Indian Space Research Organization said Sunday. The agency has not been able to contact Vikram, which was supposed to land on the moon's south pole Saturday. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which is is revolving around the moon, shot a thermal image of the Vikram lander. Its condition wasn't known, ISRO chief K Sivan told India Today TV. India Today TV reported the Chandrayaan-2 team will investigate final emissions and signals to find out why communication loss with Vikram lander. "We are trying to establish a contact," Sivan told ANI. "It will be communicated soon." He added it would be "premature to say anything" about the status of the land...
Indian lander goes silent as it approaches lunar south pole

Indian lander goes silent as it approaches lunar south pole

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Sept. 6 (UPI) -- India's attempt to become the first nation to put a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon is on hold. The country's lunar lander Vikram stopped relaying signals just moments before it was scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface. The lander performed a series of breaking maneuvers on Friday, first so-called rough breaking, followed by fine breaking. The touchdown was expected sometime around 4:30 p.m. EDT. On live broadcasts of the landing attempt, officials with the country's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization, looked on with concern. Silence filled mission control. ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said the agency needed to analyze data to determine what happened to the lander prior to touchdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on hand at mission contro...