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January 07, 2013
India scales down experimental flying payloads for exploring Mars
New Delhi (XNA) Jan 08, 2013
India has scaled down its flying experimental payloads for exploring the Mars by reducing the payload from 25 kg to 15 kg, local media reported on Sunday. The Mars Orbiter Mission, expected to be launched in mid- October this year, will carry five experimental payloads with a total weight of 14.49 kg, according to Press Trust of India. The payloads will include the Methane Sensor, Thermal Infrared Spectrometer, Mars Color Camera, Lyman alpha photometer and Mars Exospheric Neutral composition ... read more
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Ancient Water-rich Meteorite Linked to Martian Crust
While the Mars' Rovers continue to scour the surface of the Red Planet snapping pictures, zapping rocks and looking at any other clues about its composition, researchers at the University of New Mex ... more

Curiosity Rover Explores Yellowknife Bay
After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving Jan. 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River." Snake River is a thin curvin ... more

Opportunity Scores Another Dust Cleaning Event At Vermillion
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Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust
NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from u ... more

Mars meteorite has significant water
NASA says a small meteorite, possibly the first discovered from the martian surface, contains 10 times more water than meteorites that later originated on Mars. Scientists have spent a year studying the meteorite dubbed Northwest Africa 7034 found 2011 in the Sahara and have determined it formed 2.1 Bil years ago. ... more
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'Spiky' rovers could explore martian moon
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ASI, ISRO hold planetary science workshop
The Astronautical Society of India (ASI) in association with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) organized a planetary science workshop on Dec 27 and 28, here. Astro-biologist, cosmologi ... more

ARCA will test the parachutes for the ExoMars spacecraft
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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

Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology
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Working Through the Holidays
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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

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

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
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China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars: state media

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