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August 29, 2016
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 29, 2016
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency's Journey to Mars. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian l ... read more

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Test for damp ground at Mars' seasonal streaks finds none
Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The ... more

China unveils Mars probe, rover for ambitious 2020 mission
China on Tuesday released images of a Mars probe and rover which the country plans to send to the Red Planet within five years. China plans to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, make a landing, ... more

Fossilized rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars
Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about ... more
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China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept: report
China has unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade in a mission that faces "unprecedented" challenges, state media said Wednesday. ... more


MAVEN Spacecraft Gears Up to Observe Global Dust Storm on Mars
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission (MAVEN) orbiter will have a front-row seat to watch a marvelous dusty spectacle in late 2016. The spacecraft, nearing its second anniversary in ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'
Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The rover used its Mast Camera (Ma ... more

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets
The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher. For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determin ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts

N. Korea leader says missile test 'greatest success'

China Communist party expels 'insatiable' statistics chief

N. Korea rejects UN council's condemnation

Japan holds live fire drills at Mt Fuji

Russia launches large snap military drills

Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'


Opportunity rover studying grooves
Opportunity is wrapping up exploration of 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has driven to an area were the rock outcrop has interesting grooves. The science team is using O ... more

So you want to drive a spacecraft
ESA's Education Office is organising a four day course at the ESA Academy that will take 22 university students into the fascinating world of spacecraft operations. The course will show how differen ... more

NASA Selects Six Companies to Develop Prototypes, Concepts for Deep Space Habitats
NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats. Through the public-private partnerships enabled b ... more
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Spotlight on Schiaparelli's landing site
Schiaparelli, the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission, will target the Meridiani Planum region for its October landing, as seen in this mos ... more

New spectroscopic technique may help zero in on Martian life
In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region of the planet scientists believe could hold remnants of ancient microbial life. The rover will collect sample ... more
24/7 News Coverage
By mid-century, more Antarctic snowfall may help offset sea-level rise

Volcanic eruption masked acceleration in sea level rise

Looking to saliva to gain insight on evolution

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

Cameroon must halt rubber plantation project: Greenpeace

Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

Myanmar's peacock: a national symbol dying off in the wild


Crewed Missions to Mars
Sending humans to Mars has been a dream of scientists and a large part of the population ever since Nicolaus Copernicus first postulated that it was a planet, about 500 years ago. Even before that f ... more

Limited power as Mar Lab approaches Murray Buttes
MSL drove over 45 meters on Sol 1428, closer to the Murray Buttes. I helped select ChemCam targets again this morning, and was glad to see that some of them made it into the weekend plan. The ... more

Opportunity going back for closer look at grooves seen in images
Opportunity is wrapping up the exploration 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater. On sol 4452 (Aug. 1, 2016), the high terrain walls of the valley prevented the low elevation Odysse ... more

Mineral Veins on Mars Were Formed by Evaporating Ancient Lakes
Mineral veins found in Mars's Gale Crater were formed by the evaporation of ancient Martian lakes, a new study has shown. The research, by Mars Science Laboratory participating scientists at the Ope ... more

Evidence of Martian life could be hard to find in some meteorite blast sites
Scientists in their preliminary findings suggest signs of life from under Mars' surface may not survive in rocks excavated by some meteorite impacts. Scientists analysing samples from Mars' su ... more


Curiosity Has Disproved 'Old Idea of Mars as a Simple Basaltic Planet'
As NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) celebrates four years on the Red Planet Leicester planetary scientist Professor John Bridges recounts the mission's success and explains what is next for the ... more

Stanford scientists consider 3D printing Mars rock samples
The combination of remote 3D imaging and 3D printing could one day allow scientists to study faraway rocks, like Martian or lunar formations, by reconstructing them on Earth. ... more
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FSU chemistry professor explores outer regions of periodic table

Chemists develop possible cheap battery for grid energy storage

A new route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

Why an uncanny crystal change could laser design

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas

Biofuels could increase rather than decrease C02 emissions

Where does AlphaGo go

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India to Explore Planetary Evolution in Its Ambition Mars Mission-2


Rover Game Released for Curiosity's 4th Anniversary on Mars


Astrobiologists study Mars on Earth


Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed by Liquid Water


Opportunity Surpasses 43 Kilometers on the Odometer


Digging deeper into Mars


Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick


Heart hazard for Apollo astronauts: study


SwRI-led study shows puzzling paucity of large craters on dwarf planet Ceres


Russia, US Discuss Lunar Station for Mars Mission

NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own

NASA's Viking Data Lives on, Inspires 40 Years Later

Opportunity Rover wrapping up work within Marathon Valley

NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concept Studies

Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

Building a Commercial Market in Low Earth Orbit

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

Curiosity Mars Rover Enters Precautionary Safe Mode

Frosty Cold Nights Year-Round on Mars May Stir Dust

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

Scientists' Innovation Began With 'Wanting to Understand Why'

Opportunity finishing science investigations at the center of Marathon Valley

Moons of Mars probably formed by giant impact

Mars Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise

Unusual form of sand dune discovered on Mars

ChemCam findings hint at oxygen-rich past on Mars

Curiosity rover analysis suggests Mars has oxygen-rich history

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