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2012-07-11 14:56:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As Curiosity continues to trot its way through space towards Mars, a NASA official acknowledged that the mission could still face trouble. NASA's new rover is expected to reach the surface of the Red Planet on August 6, but just because the mission has found successes so far doesn't mean the mission is foolproof. One thing Doug McCuistion, the head of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, told attendees at the Farnborough Airshow was...

2010-01-12 09:20:00

NASA is reviewing the future of one of the two rovers currently investigating Mars, and is hoping to the launch of the most up to date version of their robotic explorer in 2011. Also, NASA announced to CNN Radio that they are working to complete a deal to combine its Mars program with the European Space Agency, a huge step toward sending astronauts to the red planet. NASA's Mars rover program is six years old. The rovers Spirit and Opportunity were originally sent into space in 2004 for a...

2008-10-10 18:00:04

NASA plans to launch a new exploration rover to Mars next fall, despite budget and technical concerns, a NASA official said Friday. "All indications are that they're still on track for the '09 launch," Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program, said at a teleconference. The space agency will review the mission's progress again in January, he said. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in charge of building the spacecraft, believes it needs an additional $100 million, on top...

2008-05-25 15:39:41

This story was updated at 5:46 p.m. EDT. PASADENA, Calif. – Excitement and nerves are both running high among NASA scientists as they prepare for the Phoenix Mars Lander's planned Sunday arrival at the red planet, mission scientists said today. The spacecraft is still in good shape and on track as it nears the finish line of its 422 million-mile (679 million km) trek to the Martian arctic. "Well this is exciting, a very exciting day," said Doug McCuistion, director...

2007-01-11 09:30:00

LOS ANGELES -- NASA is investigating whether incorrect software commands may have doomed the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, which abruptly fell silent last year after a decade of meticulously mapping the Red Planet. The space agency said that theory is just one of several that may explain the probe's failure. NASA on Wednesday announced the formation of an internal review board to investigate why the Global Surveyor lost contact with controllers during a routine adjustment of its solar...

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