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December 11, 2016
ExoMars orbiter images Phobos
Paris (ESA) Dec 07, 2016
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has imaged the martian moon Phobos as part of a second set of test science measurements made since it arrived at the Red Planet on 19 October. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos, made its first scientific calibration measurements during two orbits between 20 and 28 November. Example data from the first orbit were published last week, focusing on Mars itself. During the second orbit, the instruments made a number of measureme ... read more

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Opportunity team plot path forward to the 'Gully'
Opportunity is heading towards the next science waypoint on the rim of Endeavour Crater. Early in this period, Sols 4556 and 4559 (Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 19, 2016) she did quite a bit of explo ... more

Mars One puts back planned colonisation of Red Planet
A British-Dutch company planning to install a community of humans on Mars admitted on Wednesday that it's project will be delayed by several years. ... more

Evidence suggests early Mars was warmer and wetter
Scientists are generally in agreement that water once flowed on Mars. The nature of those flows and the conditions that made them possible are less obvious, however. ... more
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Curiosity Rover Team Examining New Drill Hiatus
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is studying its surroundings and monitoring the environment, rather than driving or using its arm for science, while the rover team diagnoses an issue with a motor that m ... more


Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features
Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planet ... more

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Swiss firm acquires Mars One private project
A British-Dutch project aiming to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018 announced Friday that the shareholders of a Swiss financial services company have agreed a takeover bid. ... more

Europe okays 1.4 bn euros for Mars rover, ISS
European ministers approved a 1.4-billion-euro ($1.5-billion) lifeline Friday for plans to place a life-seeking rover on Mars and maintain a presence on the International Space Station. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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China's Xi calls for stricter party control of universities

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Sri Lanka navy breaks up dock worker strike

Wedding in Mosul displaced camp defies IS rule

Iraq police poised to enter Mosul

Iraq says air force struck dozens of IS fighters in west


NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test
Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). The transmissions from N ... more

First views of Mars show potential for ESA's new orbiter
ESA's new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations. The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO, a joint endeavour bet ... more

CaSSIS Sends First Images from Mars Orbit
The Mars Camera, CaSSIS, on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured its first high resolution images of the Red Planet last week. The Bernese camera worked almost perfectly and has provided spectacul ... more
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Laser-based Navigation Sensor Could Be Standard for Planetary Landing Missions
A laser-guided navigation sensor that could help future rovers make safe, precise landings on Mars or destinations beyond will soon undergo testing in California's Mojave Desert. The Navigatio ... more

ExoMars space programme needs an extra 400 million euros
Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra 400 million euros ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the Red Planet. ... more
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Opportunity team onsidering a new route due to boulder field
Opportunity is heading towards the next science waypoint on the rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 4550 (Nov. 10, 2016), the rover headed east about 39 feet (12 meters). On Sol 4552 (Nov. 12, 201 ... more

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior
Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, a team of scientists led by The University of Texas at A ... more

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash
A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said. ... more

ESA's new Mars orbiter prepares for first science
The ExoMars orbiter is preparing to make its first scientific observations at Mars during two orbits of the planet starting next week. The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO, a joint endeavour between ESA an ... more

NASA field test focuses on science of lava terrains, like Early Mars
Was Mars home to microbial life? Is it today? What can it teach us about life elsewhere in the cosmos or how life began on Earth? What clues will we discover about Earth's past, present and future? ... more


Dutch firm unveils concept space suit for Mars explorers
Dutch company Mars One, which aims to send people to the Red Planet within a decade, on Tuesday unveiled its first concept for a space suit to protect humans "under the most difficult conditions." ... more

Can we grow potatoes on Mars
In the Hollywood science fiction movie "The Martian," the astronaut stranded on the Red Planet lives on potatoes he grows there for more than 500 days while awaiting rescue. But will potatoes really ... more
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Opportunity heads to next waypoint at over 27 miles on the odometer


Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars


A funnel on mars could be a place to look for life


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Iron-Loving Bacteria A Model For Mars Life


Mars' ionosphere shaped by crustal magnetic fields


Opportunity makes small U-turn to reach summit of Spirit Mound


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Schiaparelli crash site in colour

Unusual Martian region leaves clues to planet's past

Six people to spend two weeks in Mars simulation habitat in Poland

A record of ancient tectonic stress on Mars

Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars

Mars: How Will Humans Get There

Detailed images of Schiaparelli and its descent hardware on Mars

Forging a brand-new chemical bond using the pressure of the Mars core

Research helps explain formation of ringed Lunar crater

Cursed not, Difficult yes

A graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Modeling floods that formed canyons on Earth and Mars

Did it crash or land? Search on for Europe's Mars craft

Microbial life on mars

MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escape from Mars

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Euro-Russian craft enters Mars orbit, but lander's fate unknown

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