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October 20, 2014
Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2014
The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust. NASA's Mars Odyssey was out of communications with Earth, as planned, while conducting observations of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on Sunday, Oct. 19, as the comet flew near Mars. The comet sped within about 88,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of Mars, equivalent to about one-third of the distance between Earth and Earth's moo ... read more
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MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere. The ... more

Mars One -- and done?
In 2012, the "Mars One" project, led by a Dutch nonprofit, announced plans to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by 2025. The mission would initially send four astronauts on a one-wa ... more

NASA's Opportunity Rover Gets Panorama Image at 'Wdowiak Ridge'
The latest fieldwork site for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which has been examining a series of Martian craters since 2004, is on the slope of a prominent hill jutting out of the rim o ... more
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Comet's Close Encounter 'One in a Million'
University of Arizona scientists have their eyes on Mars for the fly-by of comet Siding Spring, which will pass the red planet on Oct. 19, closer than any comet has ever zoomed past the Earth in rec ... more


Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday
A fast-moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one-in-a-million-year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. ... more
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MAVEN spacecraft's first look at Mars holds surprises
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars and produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen and car ... more

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images o ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

COBALT delivers app-specific IO for established military application profiles

LockMart and NGC Deliver Payload for Fourth SBIRS Satellite

zero2infinity will launch nanosatellites from the stratosphere

Sierra Nevada Corporation Awarded Satellite Contract

With IRNSS-1C, India a Step Closer to Own Navigation Satellite System


Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars: study
Space enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait to relocate: conditions on the Red Planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within 68 days, a new study says. ... more

First Light for MAVEN
After 10-month voyage across more than 400 million miles of empty space, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached Mars on Sept. 21st 2014. Less than 8 hours later, the data started to flow. "Our Imagin ... more

MIT study finds 'Mars One' passengers could die of starvation
Mars One is a nonprofit that has plans to put humans on Mars by 2025, but doctoral students at MIT believe the current plans could put the colonists at risk of starving to death. ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction
Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are bound and determined to destroy a perfectly good parachute this week during the latest test for the Low-Density Supersoni ... more

Arctic Bacteria Show Long Evolution in Toxic Mercury Resistance
With Mars and Europa out of reach, many scientists have turned to studying some of the Arctic and Antarctic microbes that have adapted to similarly harsh conditions on Earth. One recent study has tr ... more
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Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture

Brain surgery through the cheek

Prehistoric crocodiles' evolution mirrored in living species

Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms

Loss of big predators could leave herbivores in a thorny situation


Russia May Send Repeat Mission to Martian Moon Phobos in 2023
Russia may attempt to repeat its mission to Mars' moon Phobos in 2023, Lev Zeleny, the head of the Russian Space Research Institute told RIA Novosti Friday. The Russian-led mission Phobos-Grun ... more

Russian Scientists Develop Mechanism for Rover's Descent to Mars
Russian scientists have developed a unique mechanism for the rover's descent to the surface of Mars, Lev Zeleny, the head of the Russian Space Research Institute said on Friday. "Our European ... more

WSU undergrad helps develop method for detecting water on Mars
A Washington State University undergraduate has helped develop a new method for detecting water on Mars. Her findings appear in Nature Communications, one of the most influential general science jou ... more

NASA Selects Advanced Oxygen Recovery Proposals for Spacecraft Missions
NASA has selected four partners to develop game changing technologies with the potential to increase the oxygen recovery rate aboard human spacecraft to at least 75 percent while achieving high reli ... more

Opportunity Preps for Comet Siding Spring Encounter
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards "Marathon Valley," a putative location for abundant clay minerals only a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the south. The rover is exa ... more


NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research
NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. "With the Cu ... more

Making oxygen before life
About one-fifth of the Earth's atmosphere is oxygen, pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running. But before ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing

Trina Solar's Monocrystalline Honey Module Sets New World Record

Stem and Kyocera Launch Energy Storage For Commercial Users

Researchers develop world's thinnest electric generator

A simple and versatile way to build 3-dimensional materials of the future

Energy Prices and Business Decision-Making in Canada

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NYT says it's sorry for cartoon mocking India's Mars mission


US, India to Collaborate on Earth, Mars Missions


Mars Rover Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks


Four candidate landing sites for ExoMars 2018


Europe shortlists four sites for 2019 Mars mission


Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape: study


Opportunity's Heading to a Small Crater Called 'Ulysses'


India's Mars Orbiter Cost Only 11 Percent of NASA's Maven Probe: Reports


NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain


China Exclusive: Mars: China's next goal?

India's spacecraft beams back first Mars photos

India wins Asia's Mars race as spacecraft enters orbit

India Mars mission enters orbit

Asteroid named for University of Utah makes public debut

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CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars

Why India went to Mars

India successfully testfires its maiden Mars mission's liquid engine

Two Martian Probes Set to Orbit Red Planet

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

India to enter Mars orbit on September 24

India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

NASA spacecraft to begin orbiting Mars within days

MAVEN on course for Mars Arrival Sept 21

India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars

Flash-Memory Reformat Successful

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover reaches 'far frontier'

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

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