Mars

As Curiosity rover touchdown nears, US says it won’t go to Mars alone

As Curiosity rover touchdown nears, US says it won’t go to Mars alone

We're just days away from the Curiosity rover's touchdown on the surface of Mars, and with the historic event quickly approaching, NASA has started thinking about the future. Specifically, NASA chief Charles Bolden is thinking of manned missions to the red planet, which are planned to occur sometime in the 2030s. The US has been talking about manned missions to Mars for quite some time now, but when the moment finally arrives, Bolden says that the US won't be going it alone.

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Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

It's time to get cute with science as NASA is working with Mattel toys to create none other than the Mars Curiosity Rover for their newest Hot Wheels lineup. This little beast of a vehicle is a 1:64 scale replica of the actual NASA Mars Curiosity Rover that'll be touching down this Saturday Night on the red planet. This machine will be a mix of plastic and hardcore metal and will be landing approximately one month after the real deal makes its mark in just a few days.

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William Shatner and Wil Wheaton narrate NASA Grand Entrance videos

William Shatner and Wil Wheaton narrate NASA Grand Entrance videos

NASA is plugging its Mars Curiosity Rover for all it's worth using social media, video, and a slew of press releases to raise public knowledge and interest in the exploration of the surface of Mars. Curiosity is the largest rover we've ever put on the red planet, and it is nuclear powered. The goal of Curiosity is to explore a massive crater on the surface of Mars in hopes of determining whether Mars harbors life of some sort or ever had life in the past.

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NASA tests inflatable heat shield prototype

NASA tests inflatable heat shield prototype

NASA tested a large inflatable heat shield prototype on Monday that will help spacecraft slow down as soon as they enter a planet’s atmosphere. The heat shield (or aersoshell) was made of high-tech balloons and was dubbed an “unqualified success” after the initial test was completed, which saw it plunge through Earth’s atmosphere at speeds up to 7,600 mph. It will help shape new re-entry systems for spacecraft in the future, including those that land on Mars.

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NASA faces new Curiosity obstacles as Mars landing approaches

NASA faces new Curiosity obstacles as Mars landing approaches

In just a couple short weeks, NASA's new Curiosity rover is set to land on Mars. If Apollo 13 taught us anything, however, it's that space missions don't always go as planned. Indeed, a new glitch has shown itself as we approach that August 5 landing date, and while it doesn't threaten the mission in a major way, it's still causing a lot of headaches for NASA scientists.

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NASA releases Greely Panorama video from Mars

NASA releases Greely Panorama video from Mars

I really love it NASA releases new photos and video taken by various spacecraft, and rovers on the surface of other planets. I mentioned last week that the Mars rover Opportunity had taken a bunch of new photos that NASA had released. Today comes a new video from the surface of Mars taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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