Latest Lander Stories

2009-07-02 13:30:00

Four papers in the journal Science this week offer new details about the history of water on Mars, gleaned from the 2008 NASA Phoenix Mars Mission that was operated from The University of Arizona.Peter H. Smith, a scientist with the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the mission's principal investigator, is the first author of "H2O at the Phoenix Landing Site" in Science. There are 35 co-authors from six countries on the paper. Smith and his group of scientists and students used the lander...

2009-03-11 10:15:00

Some scientists believe NASA's Phoenix lander may have discovered evidence of water on Mars, but others contend that it's far from conclusive. The theory is based on evidence that Phoenix's leg came in contact with droplets of water. In a new paper, set to be presented in Houston at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this month, 22 mission members say those tiny droplets give credence to the existence of water on the Red Planet. According to some images, scientists say they see the...

2009-01-29 10:17:45

The U.S. space agency says it has issued a request for proposals for concept definition and requirements analysis for the Altair lunar lander. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Constellation Program will use Altair to land four astronauts on the moon. The lunar lander will provide the astronauts with life support and a base for week-long initial surface explorations of the moon, NASA said. Altair also will also take the crew back to the orbiting spacecraft that will return...

2008-12-17 12:30:12

U.S. space agency officials have released a draft request for design support for the Altair lunar lander vehicle, part of NASA's Constellation Program. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it's Altair lunar lander will deliver four astronauts to the moon's surface late in the next decade, fulfilling U.S. space exploration goals. The Altair Conceptual Design Contract will define operational concepts, support requirements reviews and refine design concepts for the Altair...

2008-12-04 10:12:00

HAMPTON, Va., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years in the making, NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander successfully completed its mission last month. The mission uncovered significant discoveries about never-before explored areas of the Red Planet. Scientists were able to verify the presence of water-ice in the Martian subsurface, find small concentrations of salts that could be nutrients for life, and observe snow descending from the clouds. (Logo:...

2008-12-02 10:20:00

The U.S. space agency says it has, most likely -- after a month of fruitless attempts -- reached the end of communications with its Phoenix Mars Lander. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it has ceased its daily attempts to communicate with the spacecraft and has stopped using its Mars orbiters to hail the lander and listen for its signals. The final communication from Phoenix remains a brief signal received via NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter on Nov. 2, the space agency said....

2008-11-14 13:25:00

India's first unmanned moon mission touched down on the moon on Friday, according to Indian Space Research Organization officials. The Moon Impactor probe detached itself from the Chandrayaan-1 (moon vehicle) about 100 km from the moon's surface and crash-landed on the south pole of the moon at 10:01 a.m. EST, making India the fourth nation to have a presence on the Moon. Miniature Indian flags painted on four sides of the MIP signaled the country's symbolic entry into moon to coincide with...

2008-11-10 16:05:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As anticipated, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot's arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander's instruments. Mission engineers last received a signal from the lander on Nov. 2. Phoenix, in addition to shorter daylight, has encountered a dustier sky, more clouds and colder temperatures...

2008-10-30 09:55:00

NASA'S Phoenix Mars Lander entered safe mode late yesterday in response to a low-power fault brought on by deteriorating weather conditions. While engineers anticipated that a fault could occur due to the diminishing power supply, the lander also unexpectedly switched to the "B" side of its redundant electronics and shut down one of its two batteries. During safe mode, the lander stops non-critical activities and awaits further instructions from the mission team. Within hours of receiving...

2008-10-28 18:05:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- In a race against time and the elements, engineers with NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission hope to extend the lander's survival by gradually shutting down some of its instruments and heaters, starting today. Originally scheduled to last 90 days, Phoenix has completed a fifth month of exploration in the Martian arctic. As expected, with the Martian northern hemisphere shifting from summer to fall, the lander is generating less power due to shorter days and fewer hours of...

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