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2012-08-12 08:16:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity made news headlines around the globe and restored the public's interest in the U.S. space program, but the pressure is on NASA to succeed in future planned missions to the Red Planet. While Curiosity "set the stage for a potentially game-changing quest to learn whether the planet most like Earth ever had a shot at developing life, but follow-up missions exist only on drawing...

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2010-03-25 15:06:09

The team that operates NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will receive the 2010 International Space Ops Award for Outstanding Achievement. The citation for the award, to be presented April 29 in Huntsville, Ala., says, "For remarkable success in meeting unique and varied challenges of operating a rover on Mars and establishing a model for future in-situ operations." The Mars Exploration Rover Project landed the twin rovers on the Red Planet in January 2004 for missions that were...

2010-02-03 13:12:01

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden named Robert D. Braun the agency's Chief Technologist, effective Wednesday, Feb. 3. Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The appointment comes as NASA launches a bold new initiative that targets technologies that could be transformational in their ability to improve the capability, reduce the cost, and expand the reach of future human and robotic missions. "Bobby brings expert...

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2008-07-21 11:30:00

The first robotic mission to return samples to Earth from Mars took a further step toward realization with the recent publication of a mission design report by the iMARS Working Group. The report, defines key elements of the future internationally-funded mission involving the cooperation of ESA, NASA and other national agencies. iMARS, which stands for the International Mars Architecture for the Return of Samples is a committee of the International Mars Exploration Working Group made up of...

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2005-02-09 07:40:00

Every 2 years from 2001 to 2011, with the dates dictated by launch windows, another spacecraft, launched by NASA and/or NASA's international partners, is intended to visit Mars. How can astronauts best cope with the dangers to human space travel so far from home? Astrobiology Magazine -- The National Research Council was tasked with evaluating the risks of landing humans safely to work on Mars. Their report highlights a number of unique aspects in transit to the red planet, as well as once...