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April 20, 2014
NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 19, 2014
Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm. The rover works near this butte in an image taken on April 11 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A rover's-eye view of Mount Remarkable and surroundings as seen from Curiosity's position in that HiRISE image is available i ... read more
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Meteorites Yield Clues to Red Planet's Early Atmosphere
Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 1 ... more

The Path to Mars
I have had several opportunities the past few weeks to testify before Congress and explain to the American people the ambitious exploration plan NASA has been implementing the past few years. It is ... more

NASA Gears Up for Next Set of Engine Tests for Space Launch System
The RS-25 engine that will power NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), off the launch pad and on journeys to an asteroid and Mars is getting ready for the test stand. And it is packing a ... more
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From Red Mars To Green Earth
How can a sensor for analysing the atmosphere of Mars help us to cut greenhouse emissions on Earth? By going where no human or machine has been before. Parts of our planet are so hostile they are un ... more


Meteorite studies suggest hidden water on Mars
Geochemical calculations by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology to determine how the water content of Mars has changed over the past 4.5 billion years suggest as yet unidentified reservoirs ... more
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Getting in Place for a Better View of Endeavour Crater
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3623 (April 3, 2014), the rover moved about 52 feet (16 meters) in a clockwise arc around some obstacles in ... more

Mars' halcyon times may have been fleeting
Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet but possibly only at intervals, a study published on Sunday suggests. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Japan defence chief puzzled by Russian warplanes

Japan steps up surveillance posture against China

China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia

Ukraine PM says Russia undermining global stability

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Algeria attack: security

Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants: source


Gusev Crater once held a lake after all
If desert mirages occur on Mars, "Lake Gusev" belongs among them. This come-and-go body of ancient water has come and gone more than once, at least in the eyes of Mars scientists. Now, however ... more

Reporters See NASA's Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing
On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... more

Mars Exploration in a Deep Mine
This week, twenty European scientists will gather at Boulby mine in the UK to begin testing technologies for the exploration of Mars and hunting for deep subsurface life that will aid scientists in ... more
UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Nuclear Supply Chain Summit - April 28-29 Greenville SC
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

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NASA's rover Curiosity discovers Australia on Mars, sort of
In documenting a new region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity came across a rock that looks very much like Australia. ... more

Journey to Mars Only Possible With International Cooperation
Dmitry Znamensky - No single country has the resources to carry out an expedition to Mars, but together mankind does have the technological capability required to realize such an endeavor, according ... more
24/7 News Coverage
First radar vision for Copernicus

Egyptian sensing satellite placed in orbit

ISEE-3: An Old Friend Comes to Visit Earth

Giant lasers could control the weather

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest: official

West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

Fresh tremor rattles Papua New Guinea after 7.5 quake


Russian Astronaut Misurkin Dreams of Going to the Moon, Mars
A Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin thinks humankind should not stop at the exploration of near-Earth space but rather go further in the universe, the explorer told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "I ... more

India's mission to Mars crosses half-way mark
India's first mission to Mars successfully crossed the half-way mark on Wednesday, four months after leaving on an voyage to the Red Planet scheduled to take 11 months, the space agency said. ... more

Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Bright Spots
Images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera's detector. The ro ... more
NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Russia plans to get a foothold in the Moon

Russian Federal Space Agency is elaborating Moon exploration program

China launches experimental satellite

Tiangong's New Mission

"Space Odyssey": China's aspiration in future space exploration

Astronauts Prep for Spacewalk as Mission Managers Evaluate Busy Schedule

Dragon Cargo Craft Launch Scrubbed; Station Crew Preps for Spacewalk

Backup ISS computer breaks down, requiring possible spacewalk

Dwarf planet 'Biden' identified in an unlikely region of our solar system

Planet X myth debunked

WISE Finds Thousands Of New Stars But No Planet X


Opportunity Moves Further Southwest On Murray Ridge
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3617 (March 28, 2014), the rover continued further to the southwest on Murray Ridge with a 68-foot (20 ... more

What's so hard about counting craters?
Providing a rare glimpse of the trade secrets of planetary scientists, the journal Icarus published a study this month that compared lunar crater counts by eight professionals with crowdsourced coun ... more

Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area
On Wednesday, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove the last 98 feet feet (30 meters) needed to arrive at a site planned since early 2013 as a destination for studying rock clues about ancient environme ... more

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits
Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis

China's love of luxury cars undimmed by domestic troubles

China auto show opens amid environmental, growth concerns

Chinese foreign minister starts Latin America tour

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy

Making dams safer for fish around the world


Mars and Earth move closer together this month


The Opposition of Mars


Mars yard ready for Red Planet rover


Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring


Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets


Mars One building simulated colony to vet potential colonists


Mars-mimicking chamber explores habitability of other planets


Mars on Earth: vacuum chambers mimic the Red Planet


NASA Mars Rover's Next Stop Has Sandstone Variations


NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concepts Development

Helpful Wind Cleans Solar Panels On Opportunity Mars Rover

New hypothesis explains Earth's continued habitability

NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars

The Exploration of Murray Ridge Continues

ATV-5 set to test new rendezvous sensors

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty

NASA reveals hovering prototype planetary lander Morpheus

Concerns and Considerations with the Naming of Mars Craters

Mars name-a-crater scheme runs into trouble

NASA Orbiter Safe After Unplanned Computer Swap

Lava floods the ancient plains of Mars

Robotic Exploration of Moon, Mars a Priority

Opportunity Mars Rover Exploring Murray Ridge Area

India's Mars mission to reach Red Planet in 200 days

Silently and patiently streaking through the main asteroid belt

Mars Rover Oppportunity Crushing Rocks With Wheels

Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout

China capable of exploring Mars

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite

Robotic Arm Crushes Rock for Study

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