Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

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Lockheed Martin enter ATLO phase for Mars InSight lander


Following last week’s dramatic exploits of Rosetta’s Philae lander on the surface of a comet, another lander – destined for the surface of Mars – is being born…

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SLS manifest targets Europa and Mars Sample Return missions


NASA is moving up a gear with its manifest planning for the Space Launch System (SLS). A new internal manifest portrays a tag team approach, alternating SLS between…

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Mars fleet watch Siding Spring Comet flyby


C/2013 A1, better known as Siding Spring, has buzzed Mars, under the close watch of the international fleet of spacecraft and rovers that are residents of the Red…

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India’s MOM spacecraft arrives at Mars


After a journey of over 10 months, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) arrived at Mars on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 – following an insertion burn that was confirmed…

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MAVEN arrives at Mars for atmospheric study mission


After a 10 month journey between planets, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Mars on Sunday, 21 September 2014 for a mission dedicated to detailed exploration of the Martian…

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Curiosity EDL data to provide 2020 Mars Rover with super landing skills


Lessons learned from the impressive Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) are set to provide the next NASA Rover with improved landing skills….

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Earth’s Deep Space explorers – Global fleet hitting milestones


Deep Space spacecraft from the USA, Europe and India are all pressing through their mission milestones. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is less than a month away from…

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SpaceX Roadmap building on its rocket business revolution


Following the recent success of the Falcon 9 launch with six ORBCOMM spacecraft, SpaceX is in the midst of speedy turnaround of its Cape Canaveral launch site, ahead…

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LDSD passes primary technology test but suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project finally begun its mission to test a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…

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Curiosity marks completion of first Martian year of operations


Tuesday marks a milestone anniversary for NASA’s Curiosity rover – one full Martian year on the surface of the red planet. In the span of just 687 short…

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InSight into NASA’s next Mars lander


This past week, NASA announced the approval of construction of the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander. Set to launch in 2016, InSight…

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NIAC – Fostering tomorrow’s exploration technology


NASA is seeking technology proposals for Phase II of the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) campaign, according to the Agency’s latest drive for its forward thinking program….

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SpaceX advances drive for Mars rocket via Raptor power


SpaceX Co-Founder and Vice President of Propulsion Development Tom Mueller has revealed the company is deep into the development of the first “full flow methane-liquid oxygen” rocket engine….

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Lawmakers discuss potential Mars flyby mission in 2021


Experts and lawmakers reviewed an alternative plan for Orion’s first crewed mission into deep space on Thursday, claiming a Mars flyby mission in 2021 could be viable. The…

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MAVEN thumbs up following checkout en route to Mars


NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided an encouraging report card on the initial status of its array of instrumentation, as it continues its journey to…

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Ten Years On: Opportunity’s unparalleled time and mission on Mars


Ten years ago, 25 January 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity slammed into the Martian atmosphere, beginning what was supposed to be a 90 Mars day (sol) mission…

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Large international interest in riding with NASA’s next Rover


The next NASA rover to be sent to the surface of Mars has received twice the usual amount of proposals for carrying science and exploration technology instruments. The…

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YIR (Part III) – Mars exploration continues; India joins an elite club


2013 was another year dominated by the increase in robotic exploration of humanity’s most sought-after and elusive terrestrial neighbor. With two active rovers, a fleet of orbiting vehicles,…

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Atlas V launches MAVEN en route to Martian adventure


NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has begun its journey to Mars following its launch atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket Monday. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch…

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Examining Buzz Aldrin’s roadmap to Mars


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently released “A Unified Space Vision,” his personal plan for humankind’s next two decades in space. Blending elements from today’s space flight reality with…