Mars

NASA MAVEN probe to launch Nov 18

NASA MAVEN probe to launch Nov 18

NASA announced in February of this year that assembly had completed on its MAVEN spacecraft that was set to travel to Mars. The spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin and the completion of its construction opened the door for the spacecraft to launch this month. The MAVEN mission is set to launch November 18.

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India’s Mars spacecraft encounters engine problems

India’s Mars spacecraft encounters engine problems

Earlier this month we mentioned that India had launched a mission to send a spacecraft to Mars. India is attempting to become the fourth nation on earth to send a spacecraft to the red planet. Other countries have tried and failed to reach Mars. While India was able to successfully put its spacecraft in orbit, the mission has now hit a snag.

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India to launch mission to Mars this week

India to launch mission to Mars this week

India wants to become the fourth nation or group of nations on the planet to reach Mars. India plans to launch a spacecraft called Mangalyaan, which means "Mars Craft" in Hindi. If successful, India will become the fourth nation to reach the red planet behind the Soviet Union, US, and a European conglomerate of countries.

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Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

One of the main goals of putting the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars was to help determine if the planet could've harbored life in the past, or perhaps still has life on its surface or under. Prior to putting Curiosity on the surface of the red planet, measurements taken from Earth and by orbiting satellites and sensors suggested that methane might be present on the surface of Mars.

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Mars One gets over 200,000 one-way astronaut applications

Mars One gets over 200,000 one-way astronaut applications

Over 200,000 would-be space explorers applied for the first round of Mars One's Astronaut Selection Program, though there's still several years - and a few more screenings - before the mission goes ahead. Not-for-profit Mars One opened up for applications earlier this year, offering the chance of a one-way trip from Earth to the red planet that's scheduled to take place in 2023.

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Oculus Rift and NASA bring virtual reality to Mars with new simulator

Oculus Rift and NASA bring virtual reality to Mars with new simulator

NASA's Curiosity rover is currently putzing around on the surface of Mars, and we've seen plenty of pictures to know what the red planet looks like. However, a new simulator that NASA put together using an Oculus Rift VR headset and a Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, you'll now be able to know what it's like to walk around on Mars.

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

We've seen a lot of neat photos from Mars thanks to NASA's latest Curiosity rover that's currently putzing its way around the surface of the red planet. The latest imagery that it has sent back is a rather simple, but neat timelapse video of one of Mars' moons rising into the Martian sky.

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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 Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA's Curiosity rover has sent more than a few pictures of the Red Planet back to its Earth-bound audience, a great deal of which have been made freely available for the public to view on the space agency's website. The latest image to be made public, however, stands out from the rest due to its sheer size: a huge 1.3 billion pixels. Such a resolution was achieved by stitching together hundreds of frames.

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Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

While the Curiosity rover is chugging along on the surface of Mars, NASA is making other discoveries from samples taken from other Mars rovers. This time around, looking at rock samples from NASA's Spirit rover, scientists have discovered that Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere some four billion years ago, which was long before when Earth developed oxygen in its atmosphere.

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NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA has already sent several rovers to Mars, but the ultimate goal is to send man to Mars. However, that's a huge undertaking which requires a ton of resources. NASA, being a government agency, doesn't have the amount of resources at the moment to undertake a manned mission to the red planet, leaving the door wide open for private space companies.

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Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

It's a great time for Lego: there's going to be a movie based on the building bricks, and the company just announced its latest set. As a part of Lego's Cuusoo project, fans are able to send in designs and ideas for future Lego sets, and the Mars Curiosity rover won this round, beating out the USC Sandcrawler from Star Wars and the Portal-themed Lego set.

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