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Space grade electronics: How NASA’s Juno survives near Jupiter

Jatan Mehta • April 17, 2018 • 1

Take a look at how electronics of spacecraft are built to survive the harshness of space environments.

Automating Science on Mars

Raymond Francis and Tara Estlin • March 13, 2018

Since 2016, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has had the ability to choose its own science targets using an onboard intelligent targeting system called AEGIS.

Maintaining the health of an aging Mars orbiter

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2018 • 2

NASA has announced changes to how engineers are operating Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in order to prolong its life as long as possible, long enough to support the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Engineering Qualification Model confirms performance of the Mastcam-Z!

Jim Bell • January 30, 2018 • 1

Just this past week, assembly of the Mastcam-Z EQM was completed, and we saw for the first time what one of our Mars zoom cameras would really look like.

Reconstructing the Viking '75 Mars lander Surface Sampler Collector

Tom Dahl • January 29, 2018 • 1

Viking enthusiast Tom Dahl has created an animation demonstrating the operation of the Viking lander's Surface Sampler Acquisition Assembly, or "scoop."

Mastcam-Z team blog: Preparing for five-hour operations

Elsa Jensen and Katherine Winchell • November 02, 2017

It takes hundreds of scientists and engineers many years to design and build just one instrument for a Mars mission. In the first Mastcam-Z team blog post, we'll talk about the special challenges we expect for Mars 2020 operations, and how we're planning to overcome them.

Curiosity's balky drill: The problem and solutions

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2017 • 3

Since December 1, 2016, Curiosity has been unable to drill into rocks because of a serious problem with one of the drill's motors. Emily Lakdawalla thoroughly explains the issues and the path forward for Curiosity.

Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Heather Hunter • May 12, 2017 • 2

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Learn the rocket equation, part 2

David Shortt • May 05, 2017 • 2

In the second and final chapter of our series, we’ll explore what the rocket equation has to say about travel through the solar system, using the example of launching a rocket to Pluto.

Learn the rocket equation, part 1

David Shortt • April 28, 2017 • 2

Have you ever wanted to learn the fundamental physics behind one of the most basic concepts of rocket science? In part one of our two-part series, we explore the foundations of the famous rocket equation.

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