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September 01, 2014
Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2014
An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It is the type used for storing photos and songs on smart phones or digital cameras, among many other uses. ... read more
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Scientist uncovers red planet's climate history in unique meteorite
Was Mars - now a cold, dry place - once a warm, wet planet that sustained life? And if so, how long has it been cold and dry? Research underway at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory m ... more

A Salty, Martian Meteorite Offers Clues to Habitability
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NASA Completes Review of Powerful New Rocket
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The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday. ... more


Opportunity Mars Rover Suffers a Series of Resets
Opportunity is moving south along the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards 'Marathon Valley,' a putative location for abundant clay minerals. More recently, the incidence of Flash memo ... more

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Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'
Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bona ... more

Indian orbiter to reach Mars in 33 days
India's Mars Orbiter Mission was nine million km away from the red planet and is expected to reach it in 33 days, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said Saturday. "Mars Orbiter Mission ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

N. Korea fires short-range 'projectile' into sea

Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS: lawmaker


Humans to Mars a Principle of Space Exploration
Let's say it straight. Mars is, without any doubt our next step in space exploration, sparking our imagination for many years in spaceflight history. After sending tons of scientific rovers, it's ab ... more

Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called "Bonanz ... more

Mars thigh bone is really just a rock spotted by Curiosity
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Curiosity rover slowed by 'Hidden Valley' sand trap on Mars
Slick sands in Hidden Valley have delayed the Mars rover Curiosity's planned ascent of a nearby mountain. With suboptimal traction between the valley floor and the rover's tires, engineers are being forced to consider alternative routes ... more
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Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday's launch
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Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling
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Tall Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright
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Colliding Atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring
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Opportunity Heads to 'Marathon Valley'
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Dawn navigates mini-asteroid belt
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Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

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