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Atlas V launches NASA’s MSL Rover ahead of journey to Mars


NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory has begun its mission to the Red Planet Saturday, with a launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff from Space Launch…

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YIR II: Curiosity & Opportunity – Revelations, pushing the limits of longevity


From the orbits of the inner solar system to the surface of Mars.  For Curiosity and Opportunity, 2016 continued the rovers’ revelations of the mysteries of the Martian surface…

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Mars 2020 rover receives upgraded eyesight for tricky skycrane landing


When NASA’s next Mars rover – Mars 2020 – arrives at the red planet in four years, it will sport a new and upgraded vision to aide its…

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Atlas V begins OSIRIS-REx’s round trip to the asteroid Bennu


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has began a seven-year round trip to the asteroid Bennu on Thursday, beginning its journey via a launch aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas…

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Pad hardware changes preview new era for Space Coast


Ongoing work at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral is continuing to lay the groundwork to once again launch American astronauts from home soil. While the huge…

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Mars 2020 Rover builds momentum via contract awards


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is making progress with the build up of Mars 2020 Rover, with contract awards for instrumentation and hardware. Following the recent announcement Space Systems Loral…

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NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions


As part of its increasing dedication and ramp up of activities at the red planet, NASA has announced a solicitation of ideas for a new Mars orbiter in…

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Year In Review, Part 3: The Waters of Mars herald future exploration goals


With the abundance of discoveries in planetary science this year, none was truly more important to the future of human exploration of other planets than the long-awaited confirmation…

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Robotic missions aid in-situ resource identification for human Mars missions


The draw of mounting a human mission to Mars has held the public’s attention since telescopic observations of the red planet began centuries ago. With the recent discovery…

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Canaveral and KSC pads: New designs for space access


For the past several years, the historic launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, have undergone sweeping changes as the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program brought…

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NASA confirms present-day salt water flows on Mars


It was a search hundreds of years old. On Monday, NASA announced what so many have sought for so long – a groundbreaking discovery by the Mars Reconnaissance…

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LDSD test of Mars landing technology suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project conducted its second test on Monday – a major demonstration of technology that is being baselined into NASA’s ambitions for landing payloads…

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NASA looks to in-situ resource use for deep space missions and crews


NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources…

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NASA favors propulsive Mars landings over supersonic parachutes


NASA’s Human Architecture Team (HAT) has opted to remove supersonic parachutes as an option for landing “human-scale hardware” on the surface of Mars. The decision will result in all…

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Curiosity confirms organics on Mars; Opportunity’s 10 year anniversary


Mars dominated planetary research headlines in 2014 as an international fleet of orbiters and NASA’s two rovers returned unparalleled scientific research on the Red Planet. In 2014, scientists…

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Rosetta’s Philae completes historic comet landing


ESA’s Rosetta – and her companion spacecraft – Philae – parted ways on Wednesday, ahead of a historic landing on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae conducted the journey…

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Dream Chaser lines up network of public airport landing options


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has presented an overview on the wealth of potential landing site options available to its Dream Chaser spacecraft, outlining how the company could add…

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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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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…