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2014-03-25 12:21:17

Researchers in Spain have designed a vacuum chamber capable of mimicking conditions on Mars to test gear for use in future missions WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic conditions on the fourth planet from the sun -- right...

Mars One Trip Prohibited To Muslims
2014-02-22 04:59:19

[ Watch the Video: Who Can't Take The MarsOne Trip? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Participation in Mars One, the proposed hybrid space adventure and reality television program that intends to send at least four people to live on the red planet, has been prohibited in a religious proclamation issued earlier this week by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates. According to a report published Wednesday in...

NASA Preparing Martian Spacecraft For Close Passing Comet
2014-01-29 10:41:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at NASA said they are busy prepping for observations of a comet that is expected to streak across the Martian sky later this year. Comet Siding Spring, officially dubbed C/2013 A1, is projected to pass about 10 times closer to Mars than any identified comet has ever flown past Earth. "Our plans for using spacecraft at Mars to observe comet Siding Spring will be coordinated with plans for how the orbiters will duck and...

2013-12-10 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water - that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that," said Alfred McEwen of the University...

2013-12-10 12:21:03

DENVER, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important for a permanent human settlement on Mars; the ultimate goal of the non-profit Mars One foundation....

Mars Orbiter Launched By India Leaves Earth's Orbit, Now Bound For Mars
2013-12-01 06:10:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) left Earth’s orbit early Sunday morning, officially beginning its 300 day, 485 million mile trek to the Red Planet, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has confirmed. MOM, which is also known as Mangalyaan, fired its main engine for over 20 minutes in order to achieve the velocity required to leave Earth’s orbit, according to BBC News reports. It is currently scheduled to arrive...

maven ready for launch
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. ------------------------...

India's Flagship Martian Orbiter Has A Minor Hiccup Over Earth
2013-11-11 13:26:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India’s landmark mission to mars, which was launched just under a week ago, has hit a minor speed bump while in orbit over Earth. The country’s Mars Orbiter Mission, otherwise known as Mangalyaan or MOM, encountered a problem with a liquid fuel thruster, causing the probe to miss an intended higher orbital trajectory. India maintains that this minor issue is just that and will not set the country back in its attempt to be only...

Box Of Delights: Mars Sample Container
2013-10-30 06:47:12

ESA This spherical container has been engineered to house the most scientifically valuable cargo imaginable: samples brought back from the Red Planet. Still probably many years in the future and most likely international in nature, a Mars sample-return mission is one of the most challenging space ventures possible for robotic exploration. A robust, multifunctional sample container is an essential link in the long technical chain necessary to make such a mission successful....

2013-09-18 12:22:39

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) will be the focus of a media opportunity on Friday, Sept. 27, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The event at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility is an opportunity to photograph MAVEN and interview project and launch program officials. MAVEN will be seen with its solar...