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2014-03-31 23:04:36

This year the challenges will feature five topics: robotics, space technology, human spaceflight, Earth watch, and asteroids. NASA is working with multiple sites around the world on the International Space Apps Challenge as part of the United States’ domestic commitments to the Open Government Partnership. Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) March 31, 2014 Metro area engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, and entrepreneurs will be helping other sites around...

ExoMars Rover Testing On Earth Ahead Of 2018 Mission
2014-03-28 12:17:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A giant sand pit that mimics the surface of Mars will be helping test out the ExoMars rover before its trip to the Red Planet in four years. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency collaborated on the ExoMars rover, which will be launched in 2018. The mission will help address questions about whether life ever existed on Mars by looking at its atmosphere and drilling into the planet’s surface. ESA...

ExoMars Orbiter Module Completed
2014-02-03 13:08:43

ESA The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter module consisting of the spacecraft structure, thermal control and propulsion systems was handed over by OHB System to Thales Alenia Space France at a ceremony held in Bremen, Germany, today. The delivery marks an important step in the ExoMars program, a joint endeavor between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. Comprising two missions that will be launched to Mars in 2016 and 2018, respectively, ExoMars will address the outstanding scientific...

2014-01-21 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine the best combination of...

Curiosity Rover Fires Over 100,000 Laser Shots To Date
2013-12-06 04:10:51

[ Watch the Video: Laser-Zapping Milestone For A 'Curious' Rover ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has fired the shot heard round the solar system — 100,000 shots, to be exact. The rover has fired the laser it uses as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils 100,000 times. One of a series of 300 used to investigate 10 locations on a rock called "Ithaca," the 100,00th shot took place this past October. The...

ExoMars Lander Module Has Been Named Schiaparelli
2013-11-11 08:21:37

ESA The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named ‘Schiaparelli’ in honor of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet’s surface features in the 19th century. ExoMars is a joint endeavor between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, and comprises two missions that will be launched to Mars in 2016 and 2018. The Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli make up the 2016 mission,...

ESA Explores Alien Worlds On Earth To Prepare For Future Space Missions
2013-10-17 13:51:22

[ Watch the Video: Catalogue of Planetary Analogues For Rovers? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday it had begun testing a preliminary version of its ExoMars rover – highlighting the space agency’s recent commission of a catalog listing sites on Earth that resemble locations on distant celestial bodies such as the Moon or Mars. The sites listed in the Catalogue of Planetary Analogues (CPA) are some of the...

Mars-like Desert Exploration Completed By ESA's Test Rover
2013-10-16 12:07:11

ESA Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA’s test rover has completed its exploration across – and under – Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October. An early version of ESA’s 2018 ExoMars rover fitted with a trio of prototype ExoMars instruments was overseen from a remote control center at the Satellite Applications Catapult facility in...

Atacama Desert Explored By ESA’s Test Rover
2013-10-09 09:24:59

ESA ESA’s test rover has been fitted with scientific instruments and made its first tracks in the sands of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Meanwhile, team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to produce an aerial map. This week’s Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial is gaining experience in remotely operating a Mars rover prototype equipped with scientific instruments. ESA has assembled an international...

ESA Mars Rover Desert Trial
2013-10-04 10:21:18

ESA Next week will see ESA’s most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet. The rover faces the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the closest terrestrial matches for Mars. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its red–brown soil and rocks make it look even more like Mars. The aim is to build up...