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  • Recent Solar Outbursts Trigger Dramatic Auroras on Mars

    Recent Solar Outbursts Trigger Dramatic Auroras on Mars

    A recent outburst from the Sun sent a strong blast of charged particles and radiation towards Mars, allowing scientists to get a rare glimpse at how these events unfold on planets other than Earth. NASA’s Curiosity rover captured the aftermath of a solar storm on the Martian surface, using its navigation cameras to record as…


  • Lunar Satellite Shoots Lasers to a Moon Lander for the First Time

    Lunar Satellite Shoots Lasers to a Moon Lander for the First Time

    NASA’s diligent lunar orbiter transmitted a laser beam to a dome-shaped aluminium device the size of a billiard ball on India’s Vikram lander, pinging its location on the Moon. This laser-enabled technique could one day help NASA astronauts find their way on the lunar surface. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) pointed its laser altimeter instrument,…