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US Shows First Color Mars Crater Photo

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space rover Curiosity has beamed to Earth its first color photo of the Martian landscape, a reddish-brown scene from the floor of a crater. The U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday the photo shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater in the distance. The photo was shot using a camera packed […]

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Rare Martian Meteorite Unveiled

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Scientists in London are giving the public a glimpse of what they call a very rare sight — a Martian meteorite. The rock was discovered in Morocco last year. Tests show it likely came from the planet Mars and took more than one-million years to plunge to Earth. Most meteorites burn up in the atmosphere. […]

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NASA Rover Begins Journey to Mars

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency has launched the newest of its Mars rovers on a two-year mission to find places where life may have existed on the red planet. NASA’s $2.5-billion Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, took off Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an unmanned rocket. The size of a car, the rover has […]

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NASA Rover Begins Journey to Mars

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency has launched the newest of its Mars rovers on a two-year mission to find places where life may have existed on the red planet. NASA’s $2.5-billion Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, took off Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an unmanned rocket. The size of a car, the rover has […]

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NASA Rover to Begin Journey to Mars

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency is set to launch the newest of its Mars rovers Saturday on a two-year mission to find places where life may have existed on the red planet. NASA’s $2.5-billion Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, is to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an unmanned rocket. The size of a […]

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Previous Trips to Mars

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United States’ Mariner 4 probe was launched in 1964 and took the first ever close-up images of the Mars’ surface. A few years later the then Soviet Union launched a series of modules that orbited Mars. In 1975, the United States launched the Viking probes, which both landed on Mars’ surface and transmitted color […]

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Contact Made with Russia’s Errant Mars Probe

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Contact has been established with Russia’s Phobus-Grunt space probe. The European Space Agency said Wednesday that a European tracking station, in western Australia, made contact with the errant Mars probe. Engineers must now figure out how best to maintain radio communications with the spacecraft. The Phobus-Grunt probe was launched November 9 from Baikonour. Minutes after […]

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Source: Russian Space Probe Unlikely to be Saved

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A source in Russia’s space industry says chances are slim for saving an unmanned Russian mission to Mars that remains stuck in low earth orbit. The source told Russia’s Interfax news agency Friday that overnight efforts to re-establish contact with the spacecraft were unsuccessful. The source said that attempts to make contact with the probe […]

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