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November 20, 2014
Lockheed Martin Begins Final Assembly Of Next Mars Lander
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 19, 2014
Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase for NASA's InSight Mars lander spacecraft. The InSight mission will record the first-ever measurements of the interior of the red planet, giving scientists unprecedented detail into the evolution of Mars and other terrestrial planets. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016. A critical stage in the program, ATLO is when assembly of the spacecraft starts, moves through environmental testing and concludes with its ... read more
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Mars was warm enough for flowing water, but only briefly
With the growing variety of samples collected and measurements made by NASA's Mars rovers, the scientific evidence that water once flowed freely on the surface of the Red Planet has mounted. ... more

Several Drives Push Opportunity Over 41-Kilometer Mark
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards "Marathon Valley," a putative location for abundant clay minerals about a mile (1.4 kilometers) to the south. The rover has b ... more

China researchers plan Mars mission 'around 2020': state media
Chinese scientists are planning to launch a Mars rover "around 2020", state media reported Tuesday, as the country pours billions into its space programme and works to catch up with the US and Europe. ... more
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Next NASA Mars Mission Reaches Milestone
NASA's InSight mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a March 2016 launch to Mars. The lander, its aeroshell and cruise stage are be ... more


Warmth and flowing water on early Mars were episodic
Ample evidence of ancient rivers, streams, and lakes make it clear that Mars was at some point warm enough for liquid water to flow on its surface. While that may conjure up images of a tropical Mar ... more
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Mars, too, has macroweather
Weather, which changes day-to-day due to constant fluctuations in the atmosphere, and climate, which varies over decades, are familiar. More recently, a third regime, called "macroweather," has been ... more

Comet lander 'working well', but may be on slope
Europe's robot lab Philae was "working well" on the surface of its host comet, though likely perched on a steep slope, ground controllers said a day after the probe made its historic landing. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
F-35Cs complete initial testing from aircraft carrier

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Iran, US go face-to-face in crunch nuclear talks

Law firm forms unit for civilian UAV issues

Top China official urges stronger Internet management

US condemns IS bombing in Kurdish region of Iraq

War in Iraq 'different' this time: US military chief


After Mars, India space chief aims for the moon
India now has its sights set on low-budget missions to the moon and the sun after becoming the first country in Asia to reach Mars, the head of its space agency said Tuesday. ... more

Tail discovered on long-known asteroid
A two-person team of Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory has discovered a new active asteroid, called 62412, in the Solar System's main asteroid belt between Ma ... more

China Exclusive: China developing Mars rover
After successfully putting the "Jade Rabbit" lunar rover on the moon, Chinese space experts say the country's planned Mars vehicle will be larger, tougher and a better climber. On Tuesday, a r ... more
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Vision for Mars: An Opportunity for Ophthalmology Companies
After returning from space missions, some astronauts experience eye problems and changes to their vision. That's why the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and the Center for ... more

Mars Orbiter MAVEN Demonstrates Relay Prowess
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network - a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars - handled a copious 550 megabits duri ... more
24/7 News Coverage
At least eight dead in 'historic' US snowstorm

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon 'surges 450%'

Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans?

Polar bear population in parts of Alaska, Canada down by 40 percent

NASA sees the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season awaken

80 million bacteria sealed with a kiss

Clues to trees' salt tolerance found in native habitat, leaf traits


Opportunity Dust Levels Back to Normal
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards 'Marathon Valley,' a putative location for abundant clay minerals about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the south. The rover has c ... more

UI instrument sees comet-created atmosphere on Mars
A comet whizzes closely by Mars, and the tail of cosmic dust in its wake penetrates the Martian upper atmosphere and produces a new dense layer of ionization in its wake, essentially a new ionospher ... more

Mars probe to debut at upcoming air show
China Aerospace Science and Technology announced Thursday that it would put a selection of the latest space achievements, including the Mars probe, on display at an upcoming air show. The bien ... more

Comet flyby of Mars changed chemistry of atmosphere: NASA
Last month, an exotic deep space comet flew by Mars and unleashed an unexpectedly strong meteor shower that briefly changed the chemistry of the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, NASA said Friday. ... more

MAVEN Continues Mars Exploration Begun 50 Years Ago by Mariner 4
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrived at the Red Planet on Sept. 21, it marked the continuation of exploration of one of Earth's nearest celestial neighbors t ... more
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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Mineral Match
Reddish rock powder from the first hole drilled into a Martian mountain by NASA's Curiosity rover has yielded the mission's first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit. "This connects us ... more

You can't get to Mars, but your name can
As it stands now, only a select few people will get to visit Mars in the coming decades. But while you're stuck here on Earth, your name can be touring the Red Planet and other popular solar system destinations. That's right, NASA is promising to take your name to everywhere its Orion spacecraft goes. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Particle collider notches up two new finds

Lockheed Martin to build 5-megawatt bioenergy facility in Germany

Labor building behind East Coast wind energy industry

Middle East violence pushes oil prices up

Poll: Less than half see energy security in United States

Risky rewards for China's overseas investment boom

Hybrid Ferry MF Finnoy Completes Three-Month Trial


A One Way Trip to Mars


Why NASA is watching Ebola


Mars 2020 Will Continue Search for Habitability


MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring's Hydrogen Coma


NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars


Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars


Eight months on 'Hawaiian Mars' tests rigors of exploration


Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions


Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small


Increasing cosmic radiation a danger for Mars missions

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near

UH Manoa studies effects of long-term space travel

China Completes Country's Largest Spaceport

Descent Data May Help With Future Mars Landings

Mars rover had good opportunities to image passing comet

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Studies Comet Flyby

MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

Comet's Close Encounter 'One in a Million'

Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday

MAVEN spacecraft's first look at Mars holds surprises

Mars One -- and done?

NASA's Opportunity Rover Gets Panorama Image at 'Wdowiak Ridge'

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars: study

First Light for MAVEN

MIT study finds 'Mars One' passengers could die of starvation

NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction

Arctic Bacteria Show Long Evolution in Toxic Mercury Resistance

Russia May Send Repeat Mission to Martian Moon Phobos in 2023

Russian Scientists Develop Mechanism for Rover's Descent to Mars

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