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September 26, 2016
Pacamor Kubar Bearings awarded contract to support Mars 2020 Mission
Troy, NY (SPX) Sep 22, 2016
Pacamor Kubar Bearings (PKB), a Troy, NY manufacturer of ball bearings for aerospace and defense systems, was recently awarded a contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to supply critical hardware for the Mars 2020 mission. Scheduled to launch in 2020, the robotic science rover will investigate key questions about the habitability of Mars and assess natural resources and hazards in preparation for future human expeditions to the red planet. Under the new contract, PKB will manufacture ba ... read more

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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

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

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
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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


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

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

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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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
French fighter jet deal: an Indian saga

US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal

N. Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions

Russia jails space engineer for 7 years for treason

Syria's Aleppo reels from new wave of air strikes

U.S. intel agency renews contract for satellite imagery

Rouhani uses UN to hit US over nuclear deal


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
A trip to the Red Planet begins long in advance of liftoff. NASA's journey to Mars includes preparing astronauts to cope with several months of isolation, confinement, and in an extreme environment ... more

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
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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
Opportunity has officially left Marathon Valley. On Sol 4482 (Sept. 1, 2016), we approached the 'Lewis and Clark Gap' and with the successful drive on Sol 4484 (Sept. 3, 2016) we passed throug ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Caspian terns found breeding 1,000 miles farther north than previous record

Experts see few paths to planet-saving climate goal

Aerial pesticide 'key driver' of Zika's end in Miami: US

Two million people without water in Syria's Aleppo: UN

Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

Italy PM vows to restore quake towns to former glory

Great white sharks and tuna share super predator genes


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

Dawn spacecraft at Ceres: Craters, cracks, and cryovolcanos
Six studies highlight new and unexpected insights into Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter). The results, derived from data from the Dawn spac ... more


Ceres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice
Ahuna Mons is a volcano that rises 13,000 feet high and spreads 11 miles wide at its base. This would be impressive for a volcano on Earth. But Ahuna Mons stands on Ceres, a dwarf planet less than 6 ... more

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst
The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun - the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
UN trims nuclear power growth forecasts

Scientists forge nanogold chains with atomic precision

Hyperloop pushes dream of low-cost futuristic transport

First test of driverless minibus in Paris Saturday

Alberta taking a step away from coal

Canada, China aim to strike free-trade deal

California dreamin' for Chinese investors in US

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Russia Can Build Base for Future Mars Missions Near Vostochny Cosmodrome


Anomalous grooves on Martian moon Phobos explained by impacts


Test for damp ground at Mars' seasonal streaks finds none


Boredom was hardest part of yearlong dome isolation


Year-long simulation of humans living on Mars ends in Hawaii


NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission


China unveils Mars probe, rover for ambitious 2020 mission


Fossilized rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars


China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept: report


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

So you want to drive a spacecraft

NASA Selects Six Companies to Develop Prototypes, Concepts for Deep Space Habitats

Spotlight on Schiaparelli's landing site

New spectroscopic technique may help zero in on Martian life

Crewed Missions to Mars

Limited power as Mar Lab approaches Murray Buttes

Opportunity going back for closer look at grooves seen in images

Mineral Veins on Mars Were Formed by Evaporating Ancient Lakes

Evidence of Martian life could be hard to find in some meteorite blast sites

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

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