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Methane gas found on Mars, hopes for new discoveries in 2020

Methane gas found on Mars, hopes for new discoveries in 2020

BY FIONA HINDS ’21

In the summer of 2013, the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter detected methane emissions in the Gale crater, a large depression near the Martian equator, according to the New York Times. Their findings were later replicated by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which measured levels of methane in the air that lasted for about two months. Methane on Earth is usually produced by living things, so this finding is both exciting and bewildering for scientists, who believe it could potentially indicate alien life.

The Mars Rover: An Obituary

The Mars Rover: An Obituary

BY VIVIAN LIVESAY ’21

NASA’s Opportunity rover, more commonly known as the “Mars Rover,” began its life on July 7, 2003. Scientists have not made contact with the intrepid explorer since June of 2018, when it was buried by a dust storm.

Amid new administration, NASA initiates two new space missions

BY HALEY LUCIAN ’17

On Jan. 4, 2017, NASA announced two new exploratory space missions, Lucy and Psyche. The goal ofthese two missions is to shed light on the period of time after the sun's birth. Each mission is estimated to cost roughly 450 million, which – according to NASA – is relatively inexpensive. The Lucy spacecraft will be launched in 2021 and will travel to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids that orbit with Jupiter around the sun. The Psyche spacecraft will follow in 2023 to explore a metal asteroid that, NASA said, has not been previously visited.