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ARCA will test the parachutes for the ExoMars spacecraft
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 31, 2012
ARCA and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a 1,1 mil. $ contract for the ExoMars, High Altitude Drop Test - Balloon Flight Services Program (HADT-BFS). During the contract, ARCA will contribute to the 2016 ExoMars spacecraft program by testing its parachutes, that will allow it to safely land on Mars. The cooperation decision was taken after preliminary meetings between ARCA and ESA. On these meetings, the European Space Agency presented the program's requirements while ARCA responded to thes ... read more
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Curiosity Rover Takes Detailed Self-Portrait on Mars
A series of photos taken by NASA's Curiosity and combined into a single composite picture offer a rare, detailed glimpse of the rover patrolling the surface of Mars on a rocky terrain with its targe ... more

Working Through the Holidays
Opportunity is on the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, positioned at a location called "Copper Cliff." Over the long holiday period, the rover has been stationary an ... more

Russia May Join ExoMars Project in Q1 2013
The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) could sign a long-anticipated agreement on Russia's participation in a Mars research project in the first quarter of 20 ... more
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Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology
Autonomous is nearly a household word. We hear about autonomous cars, military drones and robots. But what about spacecraft? NASA is working on that - technology to autonomously land a spacecraft on ... more


Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected
A new study co-authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that clay minerals, rocks that usually form when water is present for long periods of time, cover a larger portion of Mars th ... more
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Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff
Opportunity is working at "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. There, the rover has been conducting in-situ (c ... more

Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets
On August 6th, 2012 the automatic rover "Curiosity" landed on Mars. One of the scientific instruments on board is ChemCam, which has a pulsed laser capable of ablating a focused spot on a remote sam ... more
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China's hypersonic weapon capable of overcoming air defense systems

Coalition hits boats carrying arms to Yemen rebels: military

Pakistan airstrikes kill 17 militants: army

Turkey denies suspending Syria air strikes after Russia crisis

Updated communications systems for China's Su-35 fighters

Philippines goes supersonic again with S. Korean fighter jets


Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity this week is driving within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay," providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill. Using Curiosity's per ... more

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more

Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3153 (Dec. 6, 2012), the rov ... more
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Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward early Monday, Dec. 10, approaching a step down into a slightly lower area called "Yellowknife Bay," where researchers intend to ... more

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland
The high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express imaged the Charitum Montes region of the Red Planet on 18 June, near to Gale crater and the Argyre basin featured in our October and November ... more
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Opportunity Continues Rock Studies
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover just finished collecting ... more

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars
During the 10 minutes before the NASA Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere to deliver the rover Curiosity to the surface, the spacecraft shed its cruise stage, which had ... more

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020
NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said Tuesday. ... more
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China to launch manned spacecraft

Station Crew Ringing in New Year

Expedition 34 Ready to Ring in New Year

New ISS crew docked at Space Station

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Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus


Ancient Mars May Have Captured Enormous Floodwaters
An international research team led by the Planetary Science Institute has found evidence that indicates that approximately 2 billion years ago enormous volumes of catastrophic floods discharges may ... more

Safe Driving on Mars
Matt Heverly doesn't like to make a big deal of his job as the lead driver of the most expensive car in the solar system-NASA's $2.5 billion, two-ton Curiosity rover, which is now roaming the surfac ... more

NASA Announces Multi-Year Mars Program With New Rover In 2020
Building on the success of Curiosity's Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020. This announceme ... more

Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout Of Crater Rim
The latest work assignment for NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is a further examination of an area where the robot just completed a walkabout. "If you are a geologist studying a site ... more
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Curiosity Shakes, Bakes, and Tastes Mars with SAM


NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples


China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars: state media


Opportunity Gets to Work on Interesting Rock Targets


Opportunity Gets To Work On Interesting Rock


Regional Dust Storm Dissipating


One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars


Curious About Life: Interview with Roger Summons


Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'


Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!

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Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars

Intrigue from Mars, or Grotzinger's silence

Meteorite samples provide definitive evidence of water and rock types on Mars

Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm

Survey At 'Matijevic Hill' Wrapping Up

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Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings

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Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

Meteorites reveal warm water existed on Mars

Mars on, Moon off at Europe space talks

New views of the Martian ionosphere

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Melt water on Mars could sustain life

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Mars radiation levels not lethal to humans

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