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January 24, 2013
NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2013
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of an ancient crater. Opportunity has driven 22.03 miles (35.46 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 24, 2004, PST (Jan. 25, Universal Time). Its original assignment was to keep working for three months, drive about 2,000 feet (600 meters) and provide the tools for rese ... read more
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Reull Vallis: a river ran through it
ESA's Mars Express imaged the striking upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars with its high-resolution stereo camera last year. Reull Vallis, the river-like structure in these images, is beli ... more

Possible Clues to Ancient Subsurface Biosphere on Mars
The subsurface environment on Mars may hold clues to the origin of life, scientists argue in a recently published research article led by Planetary Science Institute's Joseph Michalski. A large frac ... more

Opportunity Investigating Light-toned Veins in Rock Outcrop
Opportunity is on the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, now engaged in in-situ (contact) science investigation of veins in the light-toned outcrop "Whitewater Lake," a plac ... more
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Martian Crater May Once Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake
A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. The new information comes from ... more


US scientists find evidence of ancient Martian lake
A US spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided evidence of an ancient crater lake fed by groundwater, adding further support to theories that the Red Planet may once have hosted life, NASA said Sunday. ... more
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Choosing the right people to go to Mars
When humans eventually travel to the Red Planet, the voyage will be long and difficult. The simulated Mars500 mission showed that every detail must be planned, including diet and sleep. The findings ... more

ChemCam follows the 'Yellowknife Road' to Martian wet area
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French Space Agency have tracked a trail of minerals that point to the prior presence of water at the Curiosity rover site on Mars. Rese ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
NATO moves to bolster collective defense

U.K. Defense Secretary announces more support for Ukraine

Russia denies US claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

Pentagon chief warns of Russian casualties in Syria

Suspected Saudi-led air strike kills 28 at Yemen wedding

USAF expands OIR mission in Turkey

U.S. Air Force expands drone training at Holloman


NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet. If the rock meets rover engineers' approval when Curiosity rolls up ... more

Mars image suggests ancient water flow
A European spacecraft has captured a striking image of a river-like structure on Mars believe formed when running water flowed in the distant martian past. ... more

Mars rover readies first rock drilling
The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said Tuesday ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor. ... more
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Bacteria In Rio Tinto Could Be Like Those On Mars
Researchers at the have identified microorganisms that live inside salt deposits in the acidic and ferrous environment of the Tinto River in Huelva, Spain. The extreme conditions of these micronich ... more

Opportunity Heading Toward Light-Toned Veins
Opportunity is on the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater at the local region called "Matijevic Hill." The rover completed the in-situ (contact) analysis at the location ... more
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Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen

New human ancestor's feet resemble our own, Dartmouth scientist finds

Observed latitudinal variations in erosion as a function of glacier dynamics

A simpler way to estimate the feedback between permafrost carbon and climate

Ecuador volcano spews giant ash column

Guatemala volcano roars back to life

Indonesia accepts international help to combat fires


Mars One announces requirements for Red Planet colonists
Mars One, a Netherlands-based non-profit company that hopes to deliver the first humans to the Red Planet by 2023, has issued a list of basic requirements for those willing to become Mars colony pio ... more

NASA Researchers Studying Advanced Nuclear Rocket Technologies
Advanced propulsion researchers at NASA are a step closer to solving the challenge of safely sending human explorers to Mars and other solar system destinations. By using an innovative test facility ... more

Mars500 project - salt balance of the Mars 'astronauts'
For 205 days in 2011, Jens Titze, Professor of Electrolyte and Circulatory Research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and his team strictly controlled the diet for the Mars500 test subjects d ... more
US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Reshuffle for Tiangong

China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013

Mr Xi in Space

NASA to Send Inflatable Pod to International Space Station

ISS to get inflatable module

ESA workhorse to power NASA's Orion spacecraft

The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On


Simulated mission to Mars reveals critical data about sleep needs for astronauts
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Baylor College of Medicine, has analyzed data on the ... more

Simulated Mars mission shows good sleep is critical
Astronauts chosen for a manned mission to Mars could be in serious trouble if their sleep patterns are disrupted on the lengthy journey, a 520 day simulation has found. ... more

NASA's Big Mars Rover Makes First Use Of Its Brush
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed first-time use of a brush it carries to sweep dust off rocks. Nearing the end of a series of first-time uses of the rover's tools, the mission has cleared d ... 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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Now 'right moment' for carbon tax: IMF chief

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

McMaster engineers build better energy storage device

Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials

NCSEA report maps regulatory, policy path to develop energy storage in NC

Physicists shrink particle accelerator

Growth, climate in focus as world economic leaders meet


Lockheed Martin Delivered Core Structure For First GOES-R Satellite


Opportunity Scores Another Dust Cleaning Event At Vermillion


India scales down experimental flying payloads for exploring Mars


'Black Beauty' could yield Martian secrets


Ancient Water-rich Meteorite Linked to Martian Crust


Stanford researchers develop acrobatic space rovers to explore moons and asteroids


Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust


Mars meteorite has significant water


'Spiky' rovers could explore martian moon


ASI, ISRO hold planetary science workshop

ARCA will test the parachutes for the ExoMars spacecraft

Curiosity Rover Takes Detailed Self-Portrait on Mars

Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology

Working Through the Holidays

Russia May Join ExoMars Project in Q1 2013

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer

Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

Ancient Mars May Have Captured Enormous Floodwaters

Safe Driving on Mars

NASA Announces Multi-Year Mars Program With New Rover In 2020

Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout Of Crater Rim

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