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Mission to Mars

Monday, 21 October 2013

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter reviews a selection of books about how we might fulfil the dream of manned voyages to the Red Planet.

Composite image of Earth and Mars created to show the relative sizes of the two planets. Credit: NASA / JPL

Mars exploration achievable, experts say

Monday, 6 May 2013

NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.

Artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Did Mars camera find lost Soviet spacecraft?

Friday, 12 April 2013

Hardware from a Soviet spacecraft that went silent only seconds after making the first successful soft landing on Mars in 1971 might appear in images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Credit: NASA/JPL

Mars rover back online after glitch

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed last August, is back on active status after a memory glitch set the robot back.

Curiosity Rover Self Portrait

NASA rover finds conditions once suited to life on Mars

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Analysis of Mars rocks by the Curiosity rover has uncovered the building blocks of life – hydrogen, carbon and oxygen – and evidence the planet could once have supported organisms, according to U.S. space agency, NASA.

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Ancient Martian lake fed by groundwater

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A U.S. spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided evidence of an ancient crater lake fed by groundwater, adding further support to theories that the Red Planet may once have hosted life, said NASA.

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Mars rover readies first rock drilling

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor.

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U.S., Europe team up for Moon fly-by

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The U.S. and European space agencies announced a new partnership pairing a European cargo module with NASA’s Orion space capsule, which aims to take astronauts into deep space.

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Simulated Mars mission shows good sleep is critical

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Astronauts chosen for a manned mission to Mars could be in serious trouble if their sleep patterns are disrupted on the lengthy journey, a 520 day simulation has found.


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