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2013-11-18 11:30:29

UPDATE (November 18, 2013 12:30 a.m. EST) At 11:48 a.m. EST, liquid oxygen began flowing into the Atlas first stage booster. Liquid oxygen loading of the Centaur upper stage is about 50 percent complete. There are no technical issues. Liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is targeted for the opening of a two-hour window at 1:28 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. ------------------------...

Tomorrow's Discoveries Title
2013-11-12 11:58:49

[ Watch the Video: Powering A Manned Mission To Mars ] In the last half century, mankind has begun to explore the solar system. We’ve imaged foreign worlds, discovered new moons, and reached beyond our Sun’s influence. But much has changed; our dreams of learning about the heavens are only expanding and becoming more ambitious. Soon, man will unleash a new wave of explorers to visit planets and moons in our little corner of the galaxy. There are even plans to send astronauts to...

2013-11-08 12:20:17

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Monday, Nov. 18. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The two-hour launch window extends from 1:28 p.m. to 3:28 p.m. EST. Liftoff will occur from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. Launch commentary coverage and prelaunch media briefings,...

India Looks To Be Fourth Nation To Launch Mission To Mars
2013-11-05 06:00:47

[ Watch the Video: Mars Targeted By India's Space Agency ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Nov 5, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) India has successfully launched its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center this morning with the aim of becoming only the fourth country to reach the Red Planet. The Mangalyaan probe lifted off at 2:38 p.m. local time after a 56-hour countdown that began Sunday. The launch went off without a hitch for the...

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...

Mars MAVEN Mission In Final Preparations For November Launch
2013-10-29 04:22:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which is currently scheduled for November 18. MAVEN, which will allow scientists to analyze the upper atmosphere of Mars in previously unimagined detail, is scheduled to depart Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:28pm on that Monday afternoon. According to NASA officials, the probe will study the specific...

2013-10-23 12:21:19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency's next mission to Mars and the first devoted to understanding the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The briefing on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will take place at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington, and air live on NASA Television...

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...