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April 29, 2016
Curiosity Mars Rover crosses rugged plateau
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 28, 2016
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars. The rover climbed onto the "Naukluft Plateau" of lower Mount Sharp in early March after spending several weeks investigating sand dunes. The plateau's sandstone bedrock has been carved by eons of wind erosion into ridges and knobs. The path of about a quarter mile (400 meters) westward across it is taking Curiosity toward smooth ... read more
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Opportunity completes mini-walkabout
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' located on the rim of Endeavour crater. The objective is to identify specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. Opportunity has completed a m ... more

SpaceX vows to send capsule to Mars by 2018
SpaceX chief Elon Musk announced Wednesday that he will send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to colonize the Red Planet some day. ... more

Space X's Red Dragons to start Mars exploration in 2018
The Space X aerospace company has scheduled a 2018 test mission to Mars that, under the ambitious plans announced by company head Elon Musk, will become the first step to colonizing the Red Planet. ... more
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Mars' surface revealed in unprecedented detail
The surface of Mars - including the location of Beagle-2 - has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique. Exciting pictur ... more


NASA rocket fuel pump tests pave way for methane-fueled Mars lander
NASA has tested a 3-D printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane - an ideal propellant for engines needed to power many types of spacecraft for NASA's journey to Mars. "This is one of ... more

Space Tech Expo - Design - Build - Test - Pasadena CA - May 24-26, 2016

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NASA rocket fuel pump tests pave way for methane-fueled Mars lander
NASA has tested a 3-D printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane - an ideal propellant for engines needed to power many types of spacecraft for NASA's journey to Mars. "This is one of the m ... more

NASA seeks industry ideas for an advanced Mars satellite
NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic scien ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India a step away from joining GPS club

AeroVironment begins production of Switchblade tactical missile upgrade

Belgium plans to provide all residents with anti radiation pills

Air Force awards GPS 3 launch services contract

India gets homegrown satellite navigation system

UN Council considers response to N.Korea missile test

Pentagon working to 'take out' Islamic State's Internet


China targets 2020 Mars mission launch: official
China plans to send a rover to Mars to explore the Red Planet, a top space official announced on Friday, in the latest step of its ambitious space programme. ... more

Mice in space showed liver damage after two weeks
Lab mice that spent just two weeks in orbit showed early signs of liver damage upon returning to Earth, raising concern about what long-duration spaceflight might do to humans, researchers said Wednesday. ... more

Rover mini-walkabout to find clay mineral continues
Opportunity is exploring the south side of 'Marathon Valley' located on the rim of Endeavour crater. The objective is to identify specific outcrops for evidence of clay minerals, so Opportunit ... more
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Russia, Italy plan first bid to explore beneath mars surface in 2018
The Russian and Italian space agencies have joined forces on the first mission to drill deep beneath the surface of Mars in 2018 and explore the geological composition of the planet's crust, Italian ... more

First light for ExoMars
The ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars spacecraft are in excellent health following launch last month, with the orbiter sending back its first test image of a starry view taken en route to the Red Planet. ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

Large wildlife important for carbon storage in tropical forests

Role of life's timekeeper - a novel theory of animal evolution

Fossils may reveal 20-million-year history of penguins in Australia

Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change

Tiny fossil horses put their back into it

Critically endangered Himalayan wolf needs global conservation effort


First joint EU-Russian ExoMars mission to reach Mars orbit Oct 16
The first ever joint project between the European Union and Russia on the search for life on Mars - the ExoMars spacecraft- will reach Mars' orbit on October 16, the head of Roscosmos State Corporat ... more

NASA invests in 2D spacecraft, reprogrammable microorganisms
NASA has selected 13 proposals through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies. Amon ... more

Mars Longevity Champion Launched 15 Years Ago
The NASA spacecraft that was launched 15 years ago this week carried the name 2001 Mars Odyssey and the hopes for reviving a stymied program of exploring the Red Planet. Back-to-back failures ... more

Opportunity's Devilish View from on High
From its perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below. The view looks back at the rover's trac ... more

Help keep heat on Mars Express through data mining
Mars Express has been orbiting the Red Planet for 12 years. While its controllers know the spacecraft inside out, additional valuable insights may well be hidden within the mounds of telemetry the m ... more

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Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat
The bombardment of Mars some 4 billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia likely enhanced climate conditions enough to make the planet more conducive to life, at least for a ... more

Scientists study gypsum to better understand water on Mars
A new explanation of how gypsum forms may change the way we process this important building material, as well as allow us to interpret past water availability on other planets such as Mars. The work ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Physicists detect the enigmatic spin momentum of light

University of Illinois researchers create 1-step graphene patterning method

Atomic magnets using hydrogen and graphene

Researchers create artificial protein to control assembly of buckyballs

India's Mainland to Host Next Hub of Nuclear Plants

Ancient glass-glued walls studied for nuke waste solutions

Adding some salt to the recipe for energy storage materials


Scientists find Mars surface replica in India


Martian winds slowly build enormous mounds over billions of years


Rover takes on steepest slope ever tried on Mars


'Mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth


NASA's 'Spaceport of the Future' Reaches Another Milestone


Opportunity moves to new locations to the southwest


NASA: Manned mission to Mars still 'long way' off


Mars Express keeps watch on frosty Martian valleys


HiRISE: 45,000 Mars Orbits and Counting


ExoMars performing flawlessly

Opportunity Rover Goes Back Downhill

MHI signs H-IIA launch deal for UAE Mars mission

China's aim to explore Mars

New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars

Space plays important role for Italy's development: Finmeccanica CEO

ExoMars probe imaged en route to Mars

Unexpected changes of bright spots on Ceres discovered

How the ExoMars mission could sniff out life on Mars

ExoMars on its way to solve the Red Planet's mysteries

ExoMars 2016 - The heat is on

NASA Selects Scientists for Mars Rover Research Projects

Rocket blasts off on Russia-Europe mission seeking life on Mars

Opportunity seeking clay minerals on steeper slopes

Europe's New Mars Mission Bringing NASA Radios Along

Close comet flyby threw Mars' magnetic field into chaos

Europe, Russia embark on search for life on Mars

NASA Announces Winning Concepts to Further its Journey to Mars

NASA targets May 2018 launch of Mars InSight mission

Ten Years of Discovery by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mission to Mars brings Russia and Europe together

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