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September 29, 2016
MAHRS on Mars: Looking at Weather and Habitat on the Surface
Cleveland OH (SPX) Sep 29, 2016
by Nancy Smith for GRC News When human explorers embark on the journey to Mars, they need to know the natural conditions of the red planet before they arrive. That's why NASA sends rovers to the surface of Mars to photograph the landscape and operate scientific experiments to understand the habitat for humans or other kinds of life. One of those future rover missions may host the Martian Aqueous Habitat Reconnaissance Suite (MAHRS), a set of five instruments that can take surface measurements in ... read more

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Elon Musk envisions 'fun' trips to Mars colony
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Rover Makes Its Way to 'Spirit Mound,'
Opportunity is making her way towards the first science waypoint of the new extended mission on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The first waypoint is a feature named 'Spirit Mound,' one of the lo ... more


A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars
It'll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting Sept. 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida will get a taste o ... more

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

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NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed for Journey to Mars
NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agency's future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the a ... more

Mars 2020 rover to produce oxygen: NASA
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will not only investigate the Red Planet, searching for evidence of past life on Mars, but it also expected to lay foundations for future human exploration of the planet. One ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
No plans to change US nuke strike rules: Pentagon chief

Philippines' Duterte vows to end joint US military drills

Space Traffic Management May Soon be Here

Manned, unmanned helos coordinate missile attack

India pulls out of summit as tensions with Pakistan mount

China opposes US indictment of firm tied to N.Korea nukes

Iran nuclear chief downplays Trump threat to deal


Opportunity Heads Toward First Waypoint of its Next Extended Mission
After more than a year of exploration, Opportunity has left 'Marathon Valley,' located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has begun the next extended mission (ahead of schedule) after e ... more

Mars hosted lakes, snowmelt-fed streams much later than previously thought
Researchers at NASA have found evidence that water flowed on Mars much more recently than previously thought - perhaps millions of years more recently. ... more

Earthquakes, 'Marsquakes,' and the Possibility of Life
A new study shows that rocks formed by the grinding together of other rocks during earthquakes are rich in trapped hydrogen - a finding that suggests similar seismic activity on Mars may produce eno ... more
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Some Ancient Martian Lakes Came Long After Others
Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data primarily from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The recently ... more

Antarctica Provides ICE to Study Behavior Effects in Astronauts
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Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations
The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount S ... more

Third European Rover Challenge Kicks Off in Poland
A small town of Jasionka, near Rzeszow, Poland will serve as a battleground of red-brown sand and dust for Mars rovers trying to complete numerous complex tasks. The event, known as the European Rov ... more

Opportunity departs Marathon Valley to head deeper into Endeavour Crater
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Winning team of ESA's Mars-focused data mining contest
ESA's first data-mining competition has been won by a team from Slovenia. Contestants were challenged to predict the future status of ESA's Mars Express spacecraft from past operating data. The resu ... more

Storm Reduces Available Solar Energy on Opportunity
Opportunity is completing the exploration of 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover completed a Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic of the grooves on Sol 4474 (Aug. 24, 2016) ... more


Ice Not a Major Factor of Dwarf Planet Ceres' Surface Features
Although there is significant evidence of ice on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in orbit between Mars and Jupiter, an analysis of the surface geology indicates that ice is ... more

NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission
NASA is moving forward with a spring 2018 launch of its InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars, following final approval this week by the agency's Science Mission Directorate. The ... more
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Dawn spacecraft at Ceres: Craters, cracks, and cryovolcanos


Ceres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice


Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst


Russia Can Build Base for Future Mars Missions Near Vostochny Cosmodrome


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MAVEN Spacecraft Gears Up to Observe Global Dust Storm on Mars

Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets

Opportunity rover studying grooves

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Spotlight on Schiaparelli's landing site

New spectroscopic technique may help zero in on Martian life

Crewed Missions to Mars

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Mineral Veins on Mars Were Formed by Evaporating Ancient Lakes

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Stanford scientists consider 3D printing Mars rock samples

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Astrobiologists study Mars on Earth

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