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Category Archive: Mars

Aug 15 2013

Mars Curiosity captures the hurtling moons of Barsoom

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Curiosity must have a pretty good eyeball on her, the little mobile probe phoned home with this overhead dance of the two Martian moons passing quietly in the dead of night. In fact, judging by the illumination, where half the moons are lit, that was near Martian midnight. It must have been colder than the …

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Jun 20 2013

Ancient Mars may have had an oxygen rich atmosphere

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New analysis of Martian rocks has one researcher saying long ago, Mars had significant quantities of free oxygen in the atmosphere.

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Jun 20 2013

NASA hits a billion-pixel lick: Zoom in on Mars

The billion-pixel Mars is a click away at the NASA homepage, the zoom feature makes it safe to load and view

The picture above taken by Mars Curiosity is detailed, but if you click it and go to the NASA homepage you’ll find a zoomable version that lets you zero in on tiny features in crisp detail like never before.

Jun 14 2013

Size does matter in space exploration: smaller might be way better

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Small probes the size of a human hand or smaller could be a big help to planetary exploration. Moore’s Law and tightening budgets could team up to make that technological leap sooner rather than later. In particular, small probes packed with microelectronics and advanced software capable of learning on the alien spot might bring the …

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Jun 11 2013

Mars has its own hovercraft?

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How did these amazing gullies on the Red Planet form? Go below the fold for the intriguing answer:

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Apr 10 2013

It’s a fusion rocket engine!

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Maybe Mars Inspiration should hold off on their proposed flyby launching in 2018. A new grant by NASA will reportedly develop a revolutionary engine that could reduce time travel to the Red Planet and other celestial destinations to a few weeks within a decade:

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Feb 27 2013

Mars Fly-by video

Feb 27 2013

Mars flyby conference streaming live at 12 Noon central time — Now

From the press kit, an artists'c conception of the fly-by vehicle.

Link is here, not sure if you can see it without  registering press creds, I hope to have video and transcripts shortly. … There are candid details about the inherent risks, challanges, and mission architectures. But my favorite speaker so far has been Dennis Tito, the driving force behind this team. An example, paraphrasing to the …

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Feb 24 2013

Mars flyby and other links

This was supposed to be a secret until this coming Wednesday, and it was secret, right up until someone spilled the beans almost a week early: Buzz is building about a planned 2018 private mission to Mars, which may launch the first humans toward the Red Planet. A nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation …

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Jan 06 2013

A little more from Mars Curiosity and clarity on the Flower

The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called "Snake River." Image taken Dec. 20, 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

New analysis of a Martian meteor that found its way to earth shows a great deal of water in the planet’s crust. Meanwhile,

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