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2007-02-07 18:40:00

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft. While the mission continues to produce data at record levels, engineers are examining why two instruments are intermittently not performing entirely as planned. All other spacecraft instruments are operating normally and continue to return science data. Since beginning its primary science phase in November 2006, the orbiter has returned enough data...

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2007-02-01 17:55:00

By ALICIA CHANG LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are scrambling to find an alternative landing site for a long-armed robot set to launch this summer on a mission to dig into Mars' icy north pole to search for signs of primitive life. The original landing spot was nixed after images beamed back by the eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter unexpectedly showed scores of bus-sized boulders littered over old crater rims on flat plains. The gigantic rocks pose a danger to NASA's Phoenix Mars lander,...

2006-12-11 18:00:16

By ALICIA CHANG Associated Press writer LOS ANGELES -- For decades, scientists have scoured Mars in search of water, a basic ingredient for primitive life. But the best clues were always tied to the ancient past when the Red Planet was warmer and wetter. On Wednesday, scientists made the startling announcement that water may still course through the frigid surface. Crisp photographs taken by NASA's old Mars Global Surveyor before it lost contact with Earth last month do not...

2006-12-09 00:00:06

By JOHN JOHNSON JR. NASA scientists announced Wednesday that they had found evidence that water still flows over the surface of Mars - sporadic gushers that increase the possibility that the Red Planet could harbor some form of life. Using images obtained by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, the researchers concluded that geologic changes in the shapes and sizes of gullies cut into the walls of two Martian craters were likely made by flowing water. The team looked at two sets of...

2006-12-07 12:00:10

NASA sees hint of liquid water on Mars WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Images sent back by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter suggest the existence of liquid water on Mars which heightens the potential for microbial life on the Red Planet, NASA scientists said on Wednesday. NASA scientists made the judgement based on images taken in 2004 and 2005 revealing bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven...

2006-12-07 12:00:10

By Alicia Chang THE ASSOCIATED PRESS For decades, scientists have scoured Mars in search of water, a basic ingredient for primitive life. But the best clues were always tied to the ancient past when the Red Planet was warmer and wetter. On Wednesday, scientists made the startling announcement that water may still course through the frigid surface. Crisp photographs taken by NASA's old Mars Global Surveyor before it lost contact with Earth last month do not actually show flowing water....

2006-12-06 15:00:09

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years. "These observations give the strongest evidence to date that water still flows occasionally on the surface of Mars," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, Washington. Liquid water, as opposed to the water ice and water vapor known to exist at Mars, is...

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2006-11-10 18:40:00

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES - NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has been out of contact with Earth for nearly a week and engineers tried Friday to re-establish communication with the craft, which may be showing its age after 10 years in space. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena lost contact with the probe for two days last week, then received a weak carrier signal with no data on Sunday. Since then, Surveyor has not confirmed receiving a command to...

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2006-09-25 20:10:00

NASA's Mars robotic missions are performing so well, they are being prepared for additional overtime work. The team operating the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, since January 2004, won approval for an additional year of exploration. NASA funded the extensions on recommendations from an outside panel of scientists. NASA also is adding two more years of operations for Mars Global Surveyor, which has been orbiting Mars since 1997, and the Mars Odyssey orbiter, at the red...

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2006-09-05 14:00:00

NASA - At the recent Viking thirtieth anniversary celebration, Noel Hinners championed what could be the next great challenge for planetary science: a Mars Sample Return mission. Hinners pointed out that, like Viking, Mars Sample Return will prove to be extremely difficult but immeasurably rewarding. For a Mars Sample Return mission, a rover would collect samples of rocks, soils, and the atmosphere, and then a rocket would blast off the surface of Mars and carry the samples to Earth for...


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