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July 29, 2014
NASA's Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 29, 2014
NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19. The comet's nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 miles (132,000 kilometers), shedding material hurtling at about 35 miles (56 kilometers) per second, relative to Mars and Mars-orbiting spacecraft. At that velocity, even the smallest particle - estimated to be about one-fiftieth of an inch (half a mil ... read more
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NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Passes 25 Miles of Driving
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held ... more

NASA's Next Giant Leap
The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today. It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history. ... more

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites
NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to ... more
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Emirates paves way for Middle East space program with mission to Mars
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021. A first for the Arab world, the mission and accompanying Space Agency are a big deal for the UAE - scientifically an ... more


NASA's Mars orbiters to witness comet flyby
Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring won't whiz by Mars for another two-plus months, but NASA is already preparing its Mars orbiters for the flyby. ... more
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Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year
Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the ... more

Curiosity's images show Earth-like soils on Mars
Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter, says University of Oregon geologist Gregory Retallack, based on images and dat ... more
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Putin defiant in face of new EU arms sanctions

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Beyond GPS: 5 Next-Generation Technologies

SES Awarded Hosted Payload Solutions ID/IQ Contract

RF detector for law enforcement, intel purposes in the wings

Ukraine army wrests control of part of MH17 crash site: rebels


India could return to Mars as early as 2017
India is ramping up for a follow-up mission to Mars between 2017 and 2020 which will be scientific in scope, the chairman for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said. The final ... more

NASA Rover's Images Show Laser Flash on Martian Rock
Flashes appear on a baseball-size Martian rock in a series of images taken Saturday, July 12 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The flashes occurr ... more

Scientists release most thorough map yet of Mars
Scientists in the United States have produced a new map of Mars that experts say is unprecedented in detail and reveals previously unknown information about the Red Planet. On Monday, the US ... more
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ASU, USGS project yields sharpest map of Mars' surface properties
A heat-sensing camera designed at Arizona State University has provided data to create the most detailed global map yet made of Martian surface properties. The map uses data from the Thermal Emissio ... more

Computing Paths to Asteroids Helps Find Future Exploration Opportunities
As left over building blocks of the solar system's formation, asteroids are of significant interest to scientists. Resources, especially water, embedded within asteroids could be of use to astronaut ... more
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Climate experts estimate risk of rapid crop slowdown

Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles


UAE to create space agency, send unmanned probe to Mars
Oil-rich United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. ... more

Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called "Lebanon," similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit ... more

'Dry Ice' Cause of Gullies on Mars
Seasonal carbon dioxide frost, not liquid water, is the main driver in forming gullies on Mars today, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study that relied on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orb ... more

Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars
Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liqu ... more

NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Crossing Into New Zone
NASA Mars rover Curiosity has driven out of the ellipse, approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers), that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gal ... more


Forces of Martian Nature
The surface of Mars is pocked and scarred with giant impact craters and rocky ridges, as shown in this new image from ESA's Mars Express that borders the giant Hellas basin in the planet's southern ... more

NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars
Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liqu ... more
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Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers


ATK Provides Propulsion, Structure for Test of New Technologies to Land Larger Payloads on Mars


First LDSD Test Flight a Success


Rover Has Enough Energy for Some Late-Night Work


New Type of Dust in Martian Atmosphere Discovered


Curiosity travels through ancient glaciers on Mars

NASA plans to colonize Mars

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

Computing Paths to Asteroids Helps Find Future Exploration Opportunities

NASA's 'flying saucer' tests new Mars-landing technology

Elon Musk plans to take people to Mars within 10 years

Aluminum-Bearing Site on Mars Draws NASA Visitor

Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year with Mission Successes

Curiosity celebrates one-year Martian anniversary

NASA Invites Comment on Mars 2020 Environmental Impact Statement

Opportunity is exploring the west rim of Endeavour Crater

NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet

Discovery of Earth's Northernmost Perennial Spring

US Congress and Obama administration face obstacles in Mars 2030 project

Opportunity Recovering From Flash Memory Problems

Mercury Passes in Front of the Sun, as Seen From Mars

NASA again delays flying saucer test

Maggie Aderin-Pocock goes boldly into space exploration

NASA's human spaceflight program doomed to fail: study

Big Brother creators to document Mars One mission

NASA could not deliver humans to Mars

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