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2006-03-08 18:08:08

By Dan Whitcomb PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Jittery NASA scientists waited on Wednesday for the most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet to make its risky final approach to Mars, where it is due to return 10 times the data of all previous probes put together. NASA's unmanned Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has traveled some 300 million miles since leaving Earth in August, was due to enter its most delicate phase on Friday. It will try too ease into orbit around...

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2005-08-12 07:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft blasted off Friday into a golden early morning sky, beginning a mission to Mars to gather more data on the Red Planet than all combined previous missions. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off on an Atlas V rocket on a seven-month journey to Mars. The booster rocket shut down and dropped off into the Atlantic Ocean minutes into the launch. Seconds later, the second-stage rocket engine ignited. "Surveying for the deepest insights into the mysterious...

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2005-08-08 03:25:00

LOS ANGELES -- A year and a half after twin robot rovers thrilled space fans with their hijinks on Mars, NASA is heading there again. A fourth Mars orbiter is set to blast off Wednesday, carrying some of the most sophisticated science instruments ever sent into space. Circling the Red Planet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will scan the desolate surface in search of sites to land more robotic explorers in the next decade. "It's time we start peeling back the onion layer and start looking...

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2005-07-22 00:50:00

JPL -- NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit and provide more data about the intriguing planet than all previous missions combined. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its launch vehicle are nearing final stages of preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for a launch opportunity that begins Aug. 10. The spacecraft will examine Martian features ranging from the top of the atmosphere to underground layering. Researchers will use...

2005-07-12 11:16:43

(Please read in second paragraph "the Roman god of war" instead of "the Greek god of war") A corrected story follows. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - What's the big deal about Mars? Named for the Roman god of war, Earth's next-door planetary neighbor is a relatively small, unprepossessing space rock, except for one fact: there used to be water on its surface, which makes it a good place to look for signs of extraterrestrial life and a fine place for humans to visit. President Bush said...

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2005-07-12 11:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- What's the big deal about Mars? Named for the Roman god of war, Earth's next-door planetary neighbor is a relatively small, unprepossessing space rock, except for one fact: there used to be water on its surface, which makes it a good place to look for signs of extraterrestrial life and a fine place for humans to visit. President Bush said as much on Jan. 14, 2004, in a speech at NASA headquarters that set out a new "Vision for Space Exploration" that makes the return...

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2005-06-02 17:46:07

NASA -- NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander on to the icy ground of the far-northern Martian plains. NASA's Phoenix lander is designed to examine the site for potential habitats for water ice, and to look for possible indicators of life, past or present. Today's announcement allows the Phoenix mission to proceed with preparing the spacecraft for launch in August 2007. This major milestone followed a critical review of the project's planning progress and...

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2005-05-19 11:35:00

JPL -- Photographs from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft released today are the first pictures ever taken of a spacecraft orbiting a foreign planet by another spacecraft orbiting that planet. Mars Global Surveyor has been orbiting Mars since 1997, Mars Odyssey since 2001. Both are managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Mars Express has been in orbit since late 2003. Mars Express was passing about 155...