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Old 2 Weeks Ago #41
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A couple of interesting takes from the video:
  1. Every Soviet or Russian lander to reach Mars crashed.
  2. There was not a single missin to Mars in the 1980's. That was the decade of the Grand Tour of the Outer Planets. We managed to send a probe up Uranus but not Mars.
Mars-3 soft-landed - the first probe to do so - but contact was lost 22 seconds after touchdown, probably due to the dust storm encircling Mars at the time, and no data was returned.

The Soviet Union launched Fobos-1 and Fobos-2 in 1988, but they were failures. Fobos-1 returned a few photos but went silent as it approached Mars' moon Phobos in March 1989.

A probe up Uranus.

That would be Voyager 2's flyby in 1986.
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A probe up Uranus.

That would be Voyager 2's flyby in 1986.
What's really strange is that two days after the flyby the space shuttle Challenger exploded during ascent. So, for those of you with a morbid sense of humor, I came up with the following (sick) joke:
St. Peter said to God: "NASA just sent a probe up Uranus!"

Two days later, the space shuttle Challenger exploded.
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NASA and ESA have been studying concepts to launch an orbiter and probe up Uranus as a follow-on to Voyager 2's visit. If funded, it will launch in the late 2020s, arriving at Uranus before 2043.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Uranus_orbiter_and_probe
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NASA Perseverance rover begins 1st science campaign on Mars

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NASA's Perseverance rover has kicked off its highly anticipated science campaign with a Red Planet road trip.

The car-sized Perseverance landed inside Mars' 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. The six-wheeled robot's first few months on the Red Planet were devoted primarily to performing health and instrument checkouts and documenting the pioneering flights of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, which traveled to Mars on Perseverance's belly.

But Perseverance and its systems are now pretty much up to speed, and Ingenuity has wrapped up its technology demonstrating flight campaign and moved on to an extended mission that requires less support and supervision. So the rover has begun to sink its teeth into its own science mission, which focuses on searching for signs of ancient Mars life and collecting samples for future return to Earth.
https://www.space.com/nasa-persevera...s-science-road
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