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Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

The hunt for evidence of water on Mars that could support life has been a long and exciting one (depending on your definition of exciting). While there is evidence abound of water that used to be on the Martian planet, it has been of the highly acidic variety, which is not conducive to life. Now, however, NASA has discovered evidence of non-acidic water in Mars' past, a finding made by the rover Opportunity.

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Mars astronauts have higher chance of cancer

Mars astronauts have higher chance of cancer

As humankind ramps up efforts to send its first fleet of astronauts to Mars, research into the various effects of such a trip are being studied extensively, including the psychological state of those who travel and live on the Red Planet. It has been known that radiation levels on Mars are high, and as such radiation shields will be used to protect against its negative effects. Current research, however, shows that the risk of developing cancer is higher than currently acceptable for NASA astronauts.

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Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

A manned mission to Mars could take place within the next two decades, NASA and the private sector have agreed, though the race is on to research and fund such the next ambitious step fo the space race. The feasibility of such a mission - and the political, financial, technological, and social problems that would need to be addressed first - is on the agenda of the Humans to Mars (H2M) summit this week, with NASA staffers, researchers, private space agencies, and more all coming together at George Washington University to explore the practicalities of sending astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.

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NASA’s Opportunity rover is back in action

NASA’s Opportunity rover is back in action

Yesterday, we reported that NASA had discovered its Opportunity rover on Mars in a type of standby mode after lifting the communications moratorium it had in place. The standby mode was a variety called automode, and had left the rover in a state of limbo where it keeps its power balanced and sits around waiting for orders. As of today, the issue has been rectified.

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NASA’s Opportunity rover found in standby mode as communications moratorium ends

NASA’s Opportunity rover found in standby mode as communications moratorium ends

At the beginning of this month, NASA enacted a communications moratorium with its spacecraft on Mars, an event that had been planned as a safety precaution against possible corrupted commands caused by the sun during particular planetary alignment. The moratorium has come to an end, revealing the rover Opportunity put itself into standby at some point during a routine camera check.

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NASA’s orbiter possibly spots lost 1970′s Soviet lander

NASA’s orbiter possibly spots lost 1970′s Soviet lander

In 1971, the Soviets landed a spacecraft on Mars, which ultimately met an unfortunate fate and died in a somewhat unknown location. Now, over four decades later, it is believed parts of that spacecraft were photographed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter years ago, only to have been overlooked for half a decade and eventually spotted by enthusiasts on an Internet forum.

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