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January 04, 2010
Mars Spirit Rover Facing End Of Mission Decision
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2010
NASA's Mars rover Spirit will mark six years of unprecedented science exploration and inspiration for the American public on Sunday. However, the upcoming Martian winter could end the roving career of the beloved, scrappy robot. Spirit successfully landed on the Red Planet at 8:35 p.m. PST on Jan. 3, 2004, and its twin Opportunity arrived at 9:05 p.m. Jan. 24, 2004. The rovers began missions intended to last for three months but which have lasted six Earth years, or 3.2 Mars years. During this time, Spirit has found evidence of a steamy and violent environment on ancient Mars that was quite different from the wet and acidic past documented by Opportunity - halfway around the planet. ... read more

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Spirit Right-Front And Right-Rear Wheels Remain Stalled
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ESA Member States Give Green Light To ExoMars Programme
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War-torn 'nursery' hopes to send monkeys to Mars
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Spirit Broken Wheel Spins Again After Three Years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 18, 2009
Spirit's right-front wheel, which had stopped operating in March 2006, revolved with apparently normal motion during the first three of four driving segments on Sol 2117 but stopped early in the fourth segment of the drive. The rover's right-rear wheel, which stalled nearly three weeks ago, remained immobile during the entire Sol 2117 drive. The other four wheels all drove forward in this part of the continuing ... more

How To Find Signs Of Life On Mars
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 18, 2009
Certain environments on Earth that host life are very similar to places on Mars and other terrestrial planets, scientists have found. So if life can exist here, why not there? Nora Noffke is a geobiologist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has found evidence of microbial life all over the world - in both modern and in fossil coastal areas. Bacteria that grow on beach ... more

Mars orbiter resumes science operations
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Dec 16, 2009
NASA says its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's six science instruments resumed operations Wednesday after being suspended since an Aug. 26 computer reset. Scientists at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, which manages the mission, said they are now receiving new science data. "It's good to have the instruments back on," said Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ... more

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Images of Chi Cygni reveal Sol's fate


Methane study favors life on Mars theory


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Moon Mission In Running For Next Big Space Venture

Blue Moon Rounds Out The Decade

China To Launch Chang'e-2 Satellite At The End Of 2010

Venus, Asteroids And Moon To Compete For Next New Frontiers Mission

Voyager Makes An Interstellar Discovery

Cost-cutting NASA eyes three cheap space missions

New Horizons Now Closer To Pluto Than Earth

Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen

The PI's Perspective - Farewell 2009

Galileo's Jupiter Journey Began Two Decades Ago

Europa's Ocean Contains Enough Oxygen To Support Life

Ganymede's Magnetosphere Makes Big Impression On Jupiter's Aurora

Venus may have been a water world, space congress told

Venus' Atmosphere Observed - SCIAMACHY On Envisat Looks Elsewhere

New Map Hints At Venus' Wet, Volcanic Past

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Trough Deposits On Mars Point To Complex Hydrologic Past
Tucson AZ (SPX) Dec 16, 2009
Catherine Weitz, a senior scientist at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, has reported new evidence for multiple, water-related geologic processes on Mars. She and her colleagues studied light-toned deposits (LTDs) within troughs of the Noctis Labyrinthus region in western Valles Marineris using data gathered by three Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) instruments: the High ... more

Martian Moon Duo
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2009
For the very first time, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have been caught on camera together. ESA's Mars Express orbiter took these pioneering images last month. Apart from their 'wow' factor, these unique images will help the HRSC team validate and refine existing orbit models of the two moons. The images were acquired with the Super Resolution Channel (SRC) of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). ... more

Opportunity Continues Investigation Of Marquette Island
Pasadena CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2009
Opportunity Status for sol 2080-2090: On Sol 2086 (Dec. 6, 2009), the rover backed away and then drove about 5 meters (16 feet) around Marquette Island to image other parts of the rock. On Sol 2089 (Dec. 9, 2009), Opportunity performed a 5-meter (16-foot) approach to the rock to position the rover for an in-situ (contact) study of a different part of the rock than it had touched earlier. ... more

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The Meandering Channels Of Mars


Life On Mars Theory Boosted By New Methane Study


Rear Wheel Trouble Continues For Mars Rover Spirit
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Guinea's junta celebrates first year in power

Security chiefs 'dominate diamond trade'

Chinese car park makes space for women only

GM India chief says China partnership start of Asia thrust

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Events that marked the start of the 21st century

Mini-Research Module MRM1 At Cape For Shuttle Processing

Astronauts Dock At ISS

Expedition 22 Keeps Busy While Awaiting Additional Crew Members

Shuttle Endeavour readied for a space trip

Space shuttle Atlantis lands back on Earth

Atlantis Ready For Landing Friday

Rocket-Motor Test Supports NASA, DOD And Commercial Missions

New Materials Designed To Deal With Hypersonic And Supersonic Hot Stuff

Milt Thompson's Wild Ride

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Mars Orbiter taken out of 'safe mode'

Spirit remains trapped in Martian sand

Opportunity Investigates 'Marquette' And 'Islington Bay'

Spirit's Diagnostic Wheel Tests Continue

Astrosat All Set To Be Launched Next Year

Sandtrapped Rover Makes A Big Discovery

Mars Meteorite Debate Continues

Orbiter Puts Itself Into Safe Standby

Opportunity Continues Study Of 'Marquette'

Gullies And Flow Features On Crater Wall

No Wheel Stall In Diagnostic Drive

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Team Plans Uplink Of Protective Files To MRO

Mars valleys point to rainy red planet

Third Spirit Extrication Drive Ends With Wheel Stall

Distal Rampart Of Crater In Chryse Planitia

Spirit's Flash Memory In Use Again

Team Prepares To Uplink Commands To Spirit

NASA And Microsoft Allow Earthlings To Become Martians

Opportunity Approaching "Marquette Island"

Taking A Bite Of Antarctic Ice

Can Spirit Be Freed

Dawn Enters Asteroid Belt - For Good

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