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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:26:00 +0100
Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover's vision is limited by the view of onboard cameras, and images from spacecraft orbiting Mars are the only other clues to where to drive it. To have a better sense of where to go and what's worth studying on Mars, it could be useful to have a low-flying scout. Enter the Mars Helicopter, a proposed add-on to Mars rovers of ...
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:05:00 +0100
Operator SES has chosen Arianespace to launch its new telecommunications satellite, SES-12, marking the 40th contract signed by Arianespace with this operator. SES-12 will be launched by an Ariane 5 at the end of 2017 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace and SES have developed an exceptional long-term partnership, reaching back to the launch of Astra 1A over 25 years ago. SES-12 is the 40th satellite from the SES group (Euronext Paris and B...
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:01:00 +0100
NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah. The largest solid rocket motor ever built for flight, QM-1 is now being prepared for its static-fire test, which is scheduled for March 11. The first qualification motor for NASA's Space Launch Systems booster is installed in ATK's test stand in Utah - ready for a March 11 static-fire test. "Testing before flight is critical to ensure reliab...
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0100
Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution. In a special edition of the journal Science, initial results are presented from seven of Rosetta's 11 science instruments based on measurements made during the approach to and soon after arriving at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. The familiar shape of the dual-lobed comet has now had many of ...
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:11:00 +0100
Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surface. However, a new study shows evidence that Vesta may have had short-lived flows of water-mobilized material on its surface, based on data from Dawn. "Nobody expected to find evidence of water on Vesta. The surface is very cold and there is no atmosphere, so any water on the surface e...
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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:38:00 EST
A "faster-than-light" experiment could be a real-world tool for studying the cosmos, according to research presented this month at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:34:36 EST
A new investigative organization has just kick-started the creation of a worldwide UFO database, which will allow people around the globe to report their supposed extraterrestrial encounters.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:15:48 EST
Flying across Greenland more than 100 times, NASA's Operation IceBridge’s ice penetrating radar produced a three dimensional view, peering back to an Earth as it was over 115,000 years ago.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:05:40 EST
The NASA rover landed on the Red Planet on Jan. 25th, 2004 (Jan 24th PST). It has driven 25.9 miles since.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:52:32 EST
The gravity and atmosphere of the Red Planet are far different than that of Earth. Helicopter design would have to be altered - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Bob Balaram explains the challenges.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:16 EST
NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot's handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet environs.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:40:27 EST
Although the flyby of asteroid 2004 BL86 — which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide — poses no foreseeable threat to Earth, it does present a rare opportunity to easily see a near-Earth asteroid, NASA officials say.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:15:52 EST
NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens.
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NASA, SpaceX and Boeing representatives will host a news briefing in Houston to update the public about the progress of the commercial crew program starting at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Monday (Jan. 26).
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:49:02 EST
America's first planetarium wants to improve how it tells the story of a famous Apollo 13 astronaut, and needs your help to do it. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is redesigning its exhibit 'Shoot for the Moon' to immerse visitors in the life of James Lo
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:28:02 EST
Planet Labs has raised $95 million from investors in its latest round of financing. The company designs and builds sharp-eyed Earth-observation satellites that are just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:30:27 EST
Scientists don't yet know what to make of a white spot spotted on the dwarf planet Ceres, in the most recent batch of images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:36:31 EST
An actor famous for his role commanding a fictional starship will narrate NASA's real 'trek' to Mars in a new giant-screen film.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:36:52 EST
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:35:22 EST
The voyages of the USS Enterprise are on hold as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum fixes up the 49-year-old 'Star Trek' model for a new display.
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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:24:53 EST
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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:04:19 EST
It's craggy, powdery, mysterious, and even holds the building blocks of life. Scientists are now getting an up-close-and-personal view of a comet flying through deep space, thanks to Europe's Rosetta spacecraft.

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