10 Days in July: Trio of nations launch separate missions to Mars

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Mars 2020 Mission Overview

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Go outside and view Comet NEOWISE before it disappears for 6800 years

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Another delay slips launch of Mars 2020 to July 30

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Across a brief 10-day period covering mid to late July, the United Arab Emirates, China, and the United States each launched their own mission to explore Mars. For the UAE and China, it is their first solo attempt to reach the Red Planet, whereas the U.S. is continuing to build upon a legacy of success …

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is NASA’s next mission to Mars as well as being the most complex and scientifically advanced robotic mission sent to the Red Planet. The $2.4 Billion Mars Perseverance rover is a flagship mission dedicated to the search for signs of life beyond Earth, as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, …

Recently discovered Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3)  is now putting on a dazzling display in the early evening for skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere and it is right at prime time, roughly 45 minutes or so after sunset, and showing off a spectacular tail to boot – as it passes through the inner solar system, weather …

NASA’s flagship $2.4 Billion Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission – dedicated to the search for signs of life beyond Earth – has suffered another significant delay to its launch from the Florida Space Coast to the Red Planet. The delay is a significant concern because NASA only has a narrow window until mid-August to launch …

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named in honor of Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA. The ‘Hidden Figure’ story of Mary Jackson and other African-American women trailblazers that helped launch America’s first astronauts safely into space and back including Alan …

  Marking a big step forward towards launch, all ten of the powerful solid rocket booster (SRB) segments for NASA’s inaugural Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liftoff on the Artemis 1 Moon mission arrived by a train Monday afternoon at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida – thereby completing a 10-day cross country rail journey from their …