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2011-01-27 13:10:00

NASA engineers successfully integrated and completed system testing on a new robotic lander recently at Teledyne Brown Engineering's facility in Huntsville in support of the Robotic Lunar Lander Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The lander prototype was placed on modified skateboards and a customized track system as a low-cost solution to control movement during final testing of the prototype's sensors, onboard computer, and thrusters. The functional test...

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2011-01-19 14:35:00

NASA announced on Wednesday that its Stardust-NExT spacecraft will rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on Valentine's Day. The space agency said that the mission will allow scientists to look for changes on the comet's surface that took place after an orbit around the sun. The spacecraft will take high-resolution images during the encounter, and will attempt to measure the composition, distribution, and flux of dust emitted into the coma. According to NASA, the mission will expand the...

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2011-01-06 10:05:00

NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has completed a series of hot fire tests and taken delivery of a new propulsion system for integration into a more sophisticated free-flying autonomous robotic lander prototype. The project is partnered with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., to develop a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers to achieve scientific and exploration goals...

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2010-11-18 10:55:00

Researchers say that nuclear decay-driven machines could gather gases from the atmosphere of Mars for propulsion. A new design concept outlines an approach to compress CO2 and liquefy it. The liquid would be heated similar to a standard rocket by expanding violently into gas to propel the machines to great distances. The authors suggest this is a better strategy to see more of Mars. Vehicles that are powered by the sun and get around on wheels are limited in their overall range of...

2010-11-04 11:27:00

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace-built Deep Impact Flyby spacecraft successfully completed another "first" for NASA on November 4 when its onboard cameras captured spectacular images of comet Hartley 2 as part of the EPOXI mission. This was the first time in history that two comets - Hartley 2 and Tempel 1 - have been imaged by the same spacecraft, same instruments, and with the same spatial resolution. (Photo:...

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2010-10-17 10:55:00

NASA has awarded Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts to six companies for the purchase of technical data resulting from industry efforts to develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions. The data from these contracts will inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems.The ILDD Broad Agency Announcement resulted in multiple award firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity...

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2010-09-03 14:35:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander discovered a surpise chemical in 2008, which suggests that carbon-based chemicals found in 1976 by Viking Mars landers could be from the Martian soil and not from cleaning fluids, according to a NASA statement released on Friday. "This doesn't say anything about the question of whether or not life has existed on Mars, but it could make a big difference in how we look for evidence to answer that question," said Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research...

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2010-08-16 15:08:39

Russia and India are battling China in a modern-day space race to land an unmanned probe on the moon. Russian and Indian engineers have started working together on a robotic mission to land on the moon in 2013. China's Chang'e-3 spacecraft is also racing to get to Earth's celestial neighbor during the same time frame. Whichever rover lands first would be the first human hardware to function on the lunar surface since the Soviet Luna-24 spacecraft returned to Earth with Moon soil samples in...

2010-08-09 06:32:09

NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to purchase specific data resulting from industry efforts to test and verify vehicle capabilities through demonstrations of small robotic landers. The purpose is to inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles. The Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) BAA will result in multiple small firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a total value up to $30.1 million through 2012. Multiple...

2010-05-24 14:20:00

PASADENA, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander's solar panels. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The Phoenix spacecraft succeeded in its investigations and exceeded its planned lifetime," said Fuk Li, manager of the...


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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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