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Opportunity Explores Endeavor

Opportunity Explores Endeavor

West rim of Endeavor crater on Mars. Source: NASA.gov NASA has invested time, money, and manpower for three years into its Opportunity rover, and today all of that might have paid off—well a tiny bit, anyway. Opportunity recently reached the ...

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NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

On October 11, 2010 President Barack Obama canceled NASA’s Constellation Program. The program aim was to develop the means to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and later to the Moon, and Mars. Five months after it was canceled. ...

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Evidence of Ancient Lake on Mars

Evidence of Ancient Lake on Mars

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have discovered evidence of shorelines on Mars, indicating the presence of an ancient lake on the Red Planet. Found on a broad delta with a series of alternating ridges and troughs, the ...

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Martian Rivers and Lakes

Martian Rivers and Lakes

Giant cracks that crisscross to form polygons have been imaged on the floors of hundreds of Martian impact craters by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists have been aware of them for years, but assumed they resulted from the expansion and ...

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Mars In Your Window

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope snapped this picture of Mars within a day of its closest approach to Earth. A large regional dust storm appears as the brighter, redder cloudy region in the middle of the planet’s disk. This storm, which ...

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Russia Aims towards the Red Planet

Russia Aims towards the Red Planet

Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced its intentions to build a low-orbit space station, which, according to the agency, will support future exploration of the moon and Mars. The project proposal is already on its way to be reviewed ...

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Explore Mars with Google Mars

Explore Mars with Google Mars

Google, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and scientists at Arizona State University (ASU) have collaborated to create Google Mars. Google Mars includes three different views: elevation, visible, and infrared. The elevation view is a shaded relief map using ...

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Toxic Chemical Doesn’t Preclude Life on Mars

Toxic Chemical Doesn’t Preclude Life on Mars

Researchers involved in analyzing the data collected by NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander claim that the discovery of perchlorate on the planet’s surface doesn’t rule out the possibility of finding microbial life on Mars. Perchlorate is a weak oxidant used in ...

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Young Planets Remain Hot Longer than Assumed

Young Planets Remain Hot Longer than Assumed

An MIT scientist suggests young planets maintain a high temperature for several million years, much longer than previously assumed. This can make such planets easier to detect, because during this hot stage their brightness is not overshadowed by that of ...

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MAVEN – New NASA Mission to Mars

MAVEN – New NASA Mission to Mars

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder was selected by NASA to lead a new upcoming space mission to Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Environment spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2013 ...

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