NASA's Orion spacecraft, designed to ferry the first humans to Mars, lifts off from Cape Canaveral on Friday morning. Orion reached speeds of 20,000 mph and travelled 3,600 miles from Earth before a successful splashdown in the Pacific. [Bill Ingalls/NASA]
With India's Mars Orbiter now successfully circling the Red Planet, it's now beaming back its first images—like this striking full colour photo. Snapped on September 28th from 74,500 kilometres above the planet, images like these will be used to analyse and probe the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere.
It took just ten months for NASA's water-seeking satellite to traverse the 442 million miles between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet. Here's some of the key things you need to know about the Mars-Orbiter.
Wait, is that... human bones on Mars? Not quite, conspiracy theorists: in fact it's just a rock that happens to look a little bit like a femur thigh bone. It was snapped by the Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam. [NASA]