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October 21, 2016
A graveyard of broken dreams and landers
Paris (AFP) Oct 20, 2016
Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers despatched to its surface from neighbouring Earth. Only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the Red Planet, four in all, and has lost only one stationary lander. The former Soviet Union had chalked up repeated failures, while Russia's first attempt at a rover will be a joint mission along with Europe dubbed ExoMars. If data shows that Europe's Schiaparelli lander crashed into the R ... read more

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Did it crash or land? Search on for Europe's Mars craft
Europe's second attempt to reach Mars' surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested the latest lander may have plummeted to its demise. ... more

Microbial life on mars
The existence of microbial life on Mars remains highly controversial, but recent evidence of water, complex organic molecules, and methane in the Martian environment, combined with findings from the ... more

MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escape from Mars
After investigating the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet for a full Martian year, NASA's MAVEN mission has determined that the escaping water does not always go gently into space. Sophisticated me ... more
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Rover Conducting Science Investigations at 'Spirit Mount'
Opportunity is located at the feature called 'Spirit Mount' on the rim of Endeavour Crater, the first science waypoint of the 10th extended mission. The rover is by the surface featured called ... more


Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole "Spiders" on Mars
Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Martian south polar regions have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about seasonal slabs of frozen carbon dioxide and eros ... more

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Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA
Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise. ... more

Euro-Russian craft enters Mars orbit, but lander's fate unknown
Europe and Russia celebrated placing a robot explorer into Mars orbit on Wednesday, but ground controllers faced an anxious night searching for the tiny lander it had despatched to the Red Planet's surface. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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Iraqi forces moving 'faster than expected' on Mosul: Iraq PM

Iraq forces make gains against IS near Mosul

Philippines' Duterte, in China, announces 'separation' from US

Pentagon chief vows 'overwhelming' response to any N.Korea nuke use

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Microscope Will Seek Biological Samples On Red Planet
One of the ultimate goals of Mars exploration is to bring samples from the surface to Earth, especially those that could be examined for evidence of life on the Red Planet. Such an undertaking ... more

Scientists simulate a space mission in Mars-analogue Utah desert
A barren, rocky desert landscape and not a single soul around - to come as close as possible to the inhospitable conditions on the Red Planet, scientists of the Robotics Innovation Center of the Ger ... more

What! - Go To Mars?
Just last week President Obama again announced his ambitious goal to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. His plan calls for a safe return of astronauts after visiting the Red Planet. After that first ... more
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NASA's MAVEN Mission Gives Unprecedented Ultraviolet View of Mars
New global images of Mars from the MAVEN mission show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior. They include the fir ... more

Modeling floods that formed canyons on Earth and Mars
Geomorphologists who study Earth's surface features and the processes that formed them have long been interested in how floods, in particular catastrophic outbursts that occur when a glacial lake ic ... more
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Mars explorer duo on course: ESA
European-Russian spacecraft were on course for Mars Monday after crucial deep-space manoeuvres in preparation for a daring mission to find evidence of life on the Red Planet. ... more

How this Martian moon became the 'Death Star'
Mars' largest moon, Phobos, has captured public imagination and been shrouded in mystery for decades. But numerical simulations recently conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) ha ... more

Buried glaciers on Mars
This jumble of eroded blocks lies along the distinctive boundary between the Red Planet's southern highlands and the northern lowlands, with remnants of ancient glaciers flowing around them. This bo ... more

Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA
Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life. ... more

Anxious wait for news of Mars lander's fate
Ground controllers waited anxiously for news Thursday on the status of a tiny European craft which touched down on Mars as part of a daring quest for life on the Red Planet, but may not have survived the impact. ... more


Ready for the Red Planet
Next week, ESA's ExoMars has just a single chance to get captured by Mars' gravity. The spacecraft and the mission controllers who will make it so are ready for arrival. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbite ... more

ESA lander starts 3-day descent to Mars; Telemetry all good
A European lander started a three-day, million-kilometre (621,000-mile) descent to Mars on Sunday, quitting its mothership to test technology for a daring mission to scout the Red Planet for signs of life. ... more
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DREAMS of Mars: Europe's ExoMars Mission Arrives in the Middle of Dust Season


Mars astronauts face chronic dementia risk from cosmic ray exposure


Europe heads for Mars in search of life


How Mars' moon Phobos came to look like the Death Star


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Opportunity at First Science Spot of its 10th Extended Mission


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Versatile Chemistry for the Red Planet

NASA flight program tests Mars Lander vision system

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

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Opportunity Heads Toward First Waypoint of its Next Extended Mission

Mars hosted lakes, snowmelt-fed streams much later than previously thought

Earthquakes, 'Marsquakes,' and the Possibility of Life

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