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Listen to the First Audio Ever Recorded on Mars

A few days, NASA's Mars rover Perseverance touched down on Mars after a six month journey to get there. Perseverance has a busy schedule on Mars with a number of firsts planned. And one of those firsts just happened: Perseverance recorded an audio clip of Mars. This is the first time ever that humans have heard the sound of another planet. Just take a second to let that sink in. Then listen to the sound of Mars in the video below (underneath the first full color photo Perseverance took). Enjoy, Earthlings. 

Here is the first ever recorded sound of Mars
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GIFs of NASA's Mars Rover's Successful Landing on Mars

NASA's latest Mars rover, called Perseverance, had a successful ending to its 292.5 million-mile journey, spanning over six months, from Earth. NASA released footage of Perseverance, or Percy, hurtling towards the surface of Mars with a flimsy looking parachute. However, it landed in Jezero Crater unharmed. 

The rover has a busy schedule on Mars, with plans to execute many firsts: the first attempt to fly a helicopter on Mars, the first recordings of sound on Mars, and of course, a search for ancient life. Samples of Mars (and hopefully fossils) will be sent back to Earth in the 2030s. For now, NASA's scientists are busy celebrating Percy's triumphant landing on Mars. 

NASA's Mars Rover Perseverance has made a triumphant journey to Mars
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NASA Will Try To Fly a Helicopter on Mars

On February 18, 2021, NASA's specially built helicopter Ingenuity will land on Mars and attempt to fly. This will be the first time humans have tested flight on another planet. If you're after more science stories, check out the world's smallest chameleon

NASA is testing a helicopter on Mars to see if space flight is possible
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Watch Starship SN8 Do a Fun Flip Maneuver (GIFs)

Elon Musk's Starships have come a long way in the past few years. And the latest trick these rockets can do is pretty darn cool. When the Starships eventually start reaching other planets like Mars or our Moon, there isn't a nice flat landing strip to land on. The solution is that the Starships are now able to do a "controlled aerodynamic descent and landing flip maneuver" - or a fun flippy flip as we like to call it. We're all for spaceships doing flips. View the whole video on YouTube.

Starships can now do flips
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Ever Wonder What a Two Billion Pixel Camera Shot Looks Like? Check Out Curiosity's New Images of the Red Planet

Queue Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra, or for the uninformed, the epic drums and trumpets you see in any scene of significance.NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars has given us some of the most incredible photos of the planet's surface, with a 2 billion pixel capture that was broken up over multiple images. 

The Curiosity Rover on Mars sent incredible 1.8 billion pixel images back of the surface of the red planet, the highest quality image taken to date. The cover photo
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The Voyager 2 Story in Photos

Voyager 2 has been in space longer than millennials have been alive. Launched into space in 1977, and still functioning today, the space probe has gone further into the universe than any object or person has before. Here's it's story, in photos. 

voyager 2 story in photos
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Curiosity Rover Sent Back Eerie B&W Photos of Mars

As you might know, NASA's Curiosity Rover, a car-sized robot that snaps super cute selfies, has been roaming around Mars for seven years. It's purpose is to find life on the Red Planet, but in the meantime it's been taking chemical samples of the earth (is that what we call it?) on Mars and sending us back some cool photos. In the most recent installment of Mars photography, Curiosity took some black and white photos that are desolate, lonely and a little creepy. But what else could we expect from a planet that is devoid of any life (until we find it)? Check out Curiosity's latest photos below. 

the curiosity rover has sent back some creepy photos of mars
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Cookie Oven Sent To ISS So Astronauts Can Bake Cookies

In the latest update of random things being sent to the International Space Station, the six astronauts living in the International Space Station (ISS) have been sent a cookie oven (which must be a lot more exciting than that time when they were sent cement). For the first time, astronauts will be able to bake cookies in space. I'm betting the prospect of eating fresh cookies is pretty exciting for them after months of eating packaged space food

the international space station is being sent a cookie oven
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10 Times Outraged Nincompoops Believed The Onion

Sure, looking at people believe satire will make you lose your faith in humanity a bit, but it is pretty funny.

outraged people react to the onion articles
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Landslides On Mars Might Not Be Sign Of Life After All

When scientists found what looked like a landslide on Mars, they thought they stumbled upon evidence that water, and therefore life, might have existed on Mars in the past. However, recent studies show that this probably isn't the case. It looks like we're not any closer to extraterrestrial life yet (but there's still hope).

landslides on mars probably not sign of life
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NASA's Kitsch Horror Posters Of Exoplanets Are Halloween Treats

Just in time for Halloween, NASA has released two new horror-movie-esque posters for exoplanet HD 189733 b and zombie star PSR B1257+12, which exist outside our Solar System, so that only sophisticated telescopes could reach them. That means that no-one can hear you scream out there. 

NASA created amazing posters for planets outside our solar system
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Curiosity Rover's Cute New Selfie On Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover, which has been hanging out on Mars for the past seven years, has just taken an adorable, out of this world (ha ha) selfie. We think it's the best selfie a robot has taken yet.  

curiosity rover's new selfie that it took on mars
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NASA's Incredible New Photos of Mars

In 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it's been rolling around the surface of the planet ever since. Aside from taking samples and doing science experiments, Curiosity also has a camera attached to it. It's been discovering new things about Mars and taking some pretty awesome photos. Check them out below. 

new photos of mars from the curiosity rover
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AI Robots Are Being Trained to 3D Print Rockets

3D printing has really taken off in the past few years. What started off small scale is now expanding to being able to print rockets. Not just parts - entire rockets. That's what the folks over at Relativity Space have been working on, and they may just revolutionize the rocket industry - both on Earth and in space. If things go well, the startup is hoping that their AI will be able to oversee the building of rockets on Mars. Life is starting to sound a lot like science fiction...

ai is now being trained to oversee 3d printing of rockets
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Astronomers Mix Cement In Space For First Time, Plan For Future Colonies

Colonization of the moon isn't too far off: plans for permanent lunar bases are already in motion, and the equipment for cheaply transporting people to the moon is in it's first stages of conception. But once we get there, humans will have to live inside buildings (or whatever the moon-equivalent will be called). So, in consideration of this, astronomers on the ISS mixed cement to see what zero-gravity cement would turn out like. 

astronomers have mixed cement in space for the first time
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The Next Mars Mission Is Going To Include a Space Helicopter

That is not a typo. NASA has been hard at work developing the technology for the next mission to Mars. Part of that are the modules that will be part of the rover. An autonomous helicopter would be able to take pictures never seen before, and reach areas that the rover on the ground, would take far longer to reach, and might not even be accessible.

NASA designed a helicopter to be used on the next Mars mission
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