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April 22, 2014
NASA's Human Path to Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 22, 2014
NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s - goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010. Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet's history and future. Mars had conditions ... read more
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Opportunity Rover Driving Up To Crater Rim
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The near-term plan is to drive up to the crater rim's ridgeline and image the interior of Endeavour. On Sol 3 ... more

NASA Rover Opportunity's Selfie Shows Clean Machine
In its sixth Martian winter, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now has cleaner solar arrays than in any Martian winter since its first on the Red Planet, in 2005. Cleaning effects of wind ev ... more

NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte
Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic ... more
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Meteorites Yield Clues to Red Planet's Early Atmosphere
Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 1 ... more


The Path to Mars
I have had several opportunities the past few weeks to testify before Congress and explain to the American people the ambitious exploration plan NASA has been implementing the past few years. It is ... more
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NASA Gears Up for Next Set of Engine Tests for Space Launch System
The RS-25 engine that will power NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), off the launch pad and on journeys to an asteroid and Mars is getting ready for the test stand. And it is packing a ... more

From Red Mars To Green Earth
How can a sensor for analysing the atmosphere of Mars help us to cut greenhouse emissions on Earth? By going where no human or machine has been before. Parts of our planet are so hostile they are un ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine military plane hit by gunfire above rebel-held town

Sikorsky, Army demonstrate optionally piloted Black Hawk


Meteorite studies suggest hidden water on Mars
Geochemical calculations by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology to determine how the water content of Mars has changed over the past 4.5 billion years suggest as yet unidentified reservoirs ... more

Getting in Place for a Better View of Endeavour Crater
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3623 (April 3, 2014), the rover moved about 52 feet (16 meters) in a clockwise arc around some obstacles in ... more

Mars' halcyon times may have been fleeting
Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet but possibly only at intervals, a study published on Sunday suggests. ... more
UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Nuclear Supply Chain Summit - April 28-29 Greenville SC
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

Gusev Crater once held a lake after all
If desert mirages occur on Mars, "Lake Gusev" belongs among them. This come-and-go body of ancient water has come and gone more than once, at least in the eyes of Mars scientists. Now, however ... more

Reporters See NASA's Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing
On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could be available relatively soon

Taking the pulse of mountain formation in the Andes

Lab researcher discovers the green in Greenland

Ancient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolution

Chickens to chili peppers

Researchers question published no-till soil organic carbon sequestration rates


Mars Exploration in a Deep Mine
This week, twenty European scientists will gather at Boulby mine in the UK to begin testing technologies for the exploration of Mars and hunting for deep subsurface life that will aid scientists in ... more

NASA's rover Curiosity discovers Australia on Mars, sort of
In documenting a new region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity came across a rock that looks very much like Australia. ... more

Journey to Mars Only Possible With International Cooperation
Dmitry Znamensky - No single country has the resources to carry out an expedition to Mars, but together mankind does have the technological capability required to realize such an endeavor, according ... more
John C. Houbolt, Unsung Hero of the Apollo Program, Dies at Age 95

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Russia plans to get a foothold in the Moon

China issues first assessment on space activities

China launches experimental satellite

Tiangong's New Mission

Astronauts Prep for Spacewalk as Mission Managers Evaluate Busy Schedule

Dragon Cargo Craft Launch Scrubbed; Station Crew Preps for Spacewalk

Backup ISS computer breaks down, requiring possible spacewalk

Dwarf planet 'Biden' identified in an unlikely region of our solar system

Planet X myth debunked

WISE Finds Thousands Of New Stars But No Planet X


Russian Astronaut Misurkin Dreams of Going to the Moon, Mars
A Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin thinks humankind should not stop at the exploration of near-Earth space but rather go further in the universe, the explorer told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "I ... more

India's mission to Mars crosses half-way mark
India's first mission to Mars successfully crossed the half-way mark on Wednesday, four months after leaving on an voyage to the Red Planet scheduled to take 11 months, the space agency said. ... more

Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Bright Spots
Images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera's detector. The ro ... more

Opportunity Moves Further Southwest On Murray Ridge
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3617 (March 28, 2014), the rover continued further to the southwest on Murray Ridge with a 68-foot (20 ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Nanoparticles Create Skinny Solar Cells

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance

Surprising material could play role in saving energy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Research Underway For Companion Plants To PV

Thinnest feasible membrane produced


What's so hard about counting craters?


Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area


Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits


Mars and Earth move closer together this month


The Opposition of Mars


Mars yard ready for Red Planet rover


Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring


Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets


Mars One building simulated colony to vet potential colonists


Mars-mimicking chamber explores habitability of other planets

Mars on Earth: vacuum chambers mimic the Red Planet

NASA Mars Rover's Next Stop Has Sandstone Variations

NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concepts Development

Helpful Wind Cleans Solar Panels On Opportunity Mars Rover

New hypothesis explains Earth's continued habitability

NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars

The Exploration of Murray Ridge Continues

ATV-5 set to test new rendezvous sensors

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty

NASA reveals hovering prototype planetary lander Morpheus

Concerns and Considerations with the Naming of Mars Craters

Mars name-a-crater scheme runs into trouble

NASA Orbiter Safe After Unplanned Computer Swap

Lava floods the ancient plains of Mars

Robotic Exploration of Moon, Mars a Priority

Opportunity Mars Rover Exploring Murray Ridge Area

India's Mars mission to reach Red Planet in 200 days

Silently and patiently streaking through the main asteroid belt

Mars Rover Oppportunity Crushing Rocks With Wheels

Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout

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