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July 29, 2016
SwRI-led study shows puzzling paucity of large craters on dwarf planet Ceres
San Antonio TX (SPX) Jul 28, 2016
A team of scientists led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) made a puzzling observation while studying the size and distribution of craters on the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in the tumultuous Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Collision models predicted Ceres should have accumulated up to 10 to 15 craters larger than 400 kilometers (250 miles) wide, and at least 40 craters larger than 100 km (62 miles) wide. Instead, NASA's Dawn spacecraft found only 16 craters l ... read more

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Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick
Following a lengthy firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October. ExoMars made its first critical manoeuvre since it ... more

Heart hazard for Apollo astronauts: study
NASA's Apollo astronauts, the only humans to have travelled beyond Earth's protective magnetosphere, die disproportionately of heart and blood vessel diseases, researchers said Thursday, blaming radiation. ... more

Digging deeper into Mars
Water is the key to life on Earth. Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of life on Mars by investigating evidence of water in the planet's soil. Previous observations of soil observed along cr ... more
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Russia, US Discuss Lunar Station for Mars Mission
Russia's Roscosmos Corporation and NASA are in discussions about future of joint space missions following the conclusion of the ISS project in 2024; one proposal is to create a space base close to t ... more


NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer - the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary ... more

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

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NASA's Viking Data Lives on, Inspires 40 Years Later
Forty years ago, NASA's Viking mission made history when it became the first mission to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars. This mission gave us our first real look at the Mart ... more

Opportunity Rover wrapping up work within Marathon Valley
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater, investigating outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover is nearing the completion of its exploration within M ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Launches Atlas V Rocket With Spy Satellite - United Launch Alliance

Russia About to Drastically Boost Its Orbital Surveillance Capabilities

British MP in China propaganda video 'deeply concerned'

VSE reactivating mothballed frigates

Bell-Boeing gets $544 million Osprey contract modification

Five US troops wounded in Afghanistan: military

Turkey reshuffles military top brass in wake of coup


NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concept Studies
NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Such a mission would continue key capabilities including telecommunications an ... more

Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch
After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in summe ... more

Building a Commercial Market in Low Earth Orbit
This April marked the sixth anniversary of President Obama's landmark address on space policy at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In his speech, the President set out the goal of sending Amer ... more
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Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water
Puzzles persist about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Martian slopes, according to a new study of thousands of such features in the Red Planet's largest canyon system. The study publish ... more

Curiosity Mars Rover Enters Precautionary Safe Mode
The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is taking steps to return the rover to full activity following a precautionary stand-down over the Fourth of July weekend. Curiosity is now commu ... more
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Frosty Cold Nights Year-Round on Mars May Stir Dust
Some dusty parts of Mars get as cold at night year-round as the planet's poles do in winter, even regions near the equator in summer, according to new NASA findings based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbi ... more

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water
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Scientists' Innovation Began With 'Wanting to Understand Why'
NASA's Journey to Mars will require groundbreaking technologies and solutions to many complex problems. For a pair of NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an idea to help make tha ... more

Opportunity finishing science investigations at the center of Marathon Valley
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater, investigating outcrops for evidence of clay minerals. The rover is nearing the completion of its exploration within M ... more

Moons of Mars probably formed by giant impact
The origin of the two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, remained a mystery. Due to their small size and irregular shape, they strongly resembled asteroids, but no one understood how Mars could have ... more


Mars Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise
Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about the atmosphere's history. The ... more

Unusual form of sand dune discovered on Mars
Both Earth and Mars feature large sand dunes and small sand ripples. Recently, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovered and studied an expanse of medium-sized sand waves unlike any sand formations found on Earth. ... more
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ChemCam findings hint at oxygen-rich past on Mars


Curiosity rover analysis suggests Mars has oxygen-rich history


NASA Weighs Use of Rover to Image Potential Mars Water Sites


Opportunity is on its Final Science Campaign at 'Marathon Valley'


NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars


Opportunity Wraps up Work on 'Wheel Scuff'


Hardware for Journey to Mars is a 'Big Catch'


Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat


Efficient hydrogen production made easy


CaSSIS Sends First Image of Mars

NASA Ignites Fire Experiment Aboard Space Cargo Ship

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Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley

Delayed ExoMars mission gets 77-mln-euro boost

NASA signs space deal with United Arab Emirates

NASA Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain

Remarkably diverse flora in Utah, USA, trains scientists for future missions on Mars

Musk explains his 'cargo route' to Mars

NASA Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern

Study of Opportunity Wheel Scuff Continues

SpaceX could send people to Mars by 2024, Elon Musk says

Mars 'colonists' to undergo five days of tests

Red and Golden Planets at Opposition

Opportunity investigating soil exposed by rover wheel

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 11 years

SwRI scientists discover evidence of ice age at Martian north pole

Mars Webcam goes pro

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