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August 30, 2016
Boredom was hardest part of yearlong dome isolation
Los Angeles (AFP) Aug 29, 2016
Monotony was the hardest part of a yearlong NASA experiment about the mental and psychological rigors of longterm spaceflight, crew members said after the test ended. The six-member crew emerged Sunday from a dome in Hawaii, on the barren northern slope of the Mauna Loa volcano, where they were studied as part of the US space agency's mission to send people to Mars by the 2030s. On Monday, US President Barack Obama congratulated them, writing on Twitter: "Congrats to NASA and the scientists taki ... read more

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Year-long simulation of humans living on Mars ends in Hawaii
One year after living in isolation to simulate a mock mission to Mars, the six crew members emerged Sunday from their 1,200-square-foot solar-powered dome. ... more

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission
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. M ... more

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
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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

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

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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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Lockheed Martin receives $19 million THAAD contract modification

Iran says 'nuclear spy' arrested, bailed

Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site

Wheels up for China's new aero-engine group

China's H-6K bomber to be showcased at first public event

Obama, Erdogan to meet Sunday in China on G20 sidelines: WHouse

Kerry to meet India's leaders after defence pact sealed


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

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
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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
24/7 News Coverage
Blending wastewater may help California cope with drought

LTU uses underground radar to locate post-Katrina damage

The sound of a healthy reef

A mammoth undertaking

Well-wrapped feces allow lobsters to eat jellyfish stingers without injury

PRB projects world population rising 33 percent by 2050 to nearly 10 billion

Scientists begin to unravel summer jet stream mystery


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

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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Physicists find peculiarities in a material with a giant magnetocaloric effect

UNIST to engineer next-generation smart separator membranes

Exposure to chemicals released during fracking may harm fertility

Air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies

New method developed for producing some metals

Extending battery life for mobile devices

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel

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Curiosity Has Disproved 'Old Idea of Mars as a Simple Basaltic Planet'


Stanford scientists consider 3D printing Mars rock samples


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

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