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2012-08-05 23:52:18

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Lands On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA continued to add to its running story about man´s exploration of Mars Sunday night, as its latest rover Curiosity successfully landed on the Red Planet. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) entered the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph on Sunday night, delivering the rover to its new home planet. Here at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Lab, everyone let out a sigh of relief and...

Curiosity's Sky Crane Has A Big Job
2012-08-01 15:05:47

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] On August 5th at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Time, NASA will gently deposit their new, 2000-pound Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, wheels-first and ready to roll. Quite a feat — because it will come screaming through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Curiosity, aka the Mars Science Laboratory, will be the largest mission ever to land on another planet. It's big because it has a big mystery to solve: was Mars ever or is it still...

Mars Settlement Planned For 2023
2012-06-04 13:49:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com To some, man setting foot on Mars may seem like a pipe dream, but to one Dutch group, it´s a business idea. A Dutch group, led by Bas Lansdorp, has announced plans to set up a small Mars settlement by 2023. Lansdorp is a researcher from the Netherlands with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology. Mars One has a plan to send a communications satellite to the Red Planet by 2016, and then set up several stages of other flights until...

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2011-02-21 11:35:00

State media reported on Monday that China's first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, two years later than originally planned. The state-run China Daily reported, citing comments from a China Academy of Space Technology official, that China's Mars explorer marks the country's first attempt at deep space exploration after sending a probe to the moon. According to previous reports, the 240-pound micro-satellite was originally due to blast off in October 2009 with...

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2009-10-29 12:30:00

The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency this week announced plans to develop a nuclear spacecraft that would carry man to Mars. In a statement on the agency's Web site, cited by the Associated Press, Anatoly Perminov said the nuclear craft would pose technological challenges, but could one day be used in manned missions to the Red Planet as well as others. After the initial model is developed near 2012, the actual ship would require an additional nine years and about $600 million to...

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2009-10-28 06:25:00

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes. Wolfgang Fink, visiting associate in physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena says we are on the brink of a great paradigm shift in planetary exploration, and the next round of robotic explorers will be nothing like what we see today. "The way we explore tomorrow will be unlike any cup of tea we've ever tasted," said Fink, who was recently...

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2009-09-15 05:50:00

Officials are likely to recommend that the launch of Russia's leading planetary spacecraft, scheduled to take place in less than two months, be put off until 2011. The aim of the Phobos-Grunt mission is to gather soil samples from Phobos, one of Mars' two moons. Details of the suspected postponement were provided on RussianSpace.Web by sources within the Russian space industry, and the future of the mission is expected to be made public within a week. The final decision will depend on the...

2009-05-29 13:14:07

China's first Mars probe has completed testing and is on target for launch, the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology said Friday. The Yinghuo-1 is to be launched later this year by a Russian carrier rocket and will go into orbit around Mars in 2010 after a 10-month, 236-million mile journey, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Friday. Yinghuo -- Chinese for light from firefly -- is to study environmental changes in Mar's climate, including the disappearance of water from...

2009-03-04 11:05:22

The U.S. space agency says its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is working once again after an unexpected computer reboot last week. National Aeronautics and Space Administration engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., sent commands Monday to power up the spacecraft's science instruments. The scientists said Tuesday monitoring confirmed all instruments were working properly. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter unexpectedly rebooted its computer Feb. 23 and put itself into a...

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2009-01-05 10:30:00

The first joint Chinese-Russian mission to Mars is set to take off in October and reach the red planet in August 2010, an exploration project designer said. A Russian Zenit rocket will launch a Chinese Yinghuo-1 satellite and a Russian Phobos-Grunt unmanned lander, Chen Changya, chief designer of the China-Russia Mars exploration project, told Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po newspaper. Phobos-Grunt is expected to study Mars from orbit, including its atmosphere and dust storms, plasma and radiation,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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