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  • Mapping Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

    Mapping Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

    High above the thin Martian skies, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is carrying out a mission: determine how Mars lost its early atmosphere, and with it, its water. While previous Mars orbiters have peered down at the planet’s surface, MAVEN is spending part of its time gazing at the stars, looking for subtle changes in their color as they dip through the limb of Mars and set below the horizon. Such stellar occultations reveal what Mars’ atmosphere is made of, and how […]

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  • Mars Exploration-50 Years Old

    Mars Exploration-50 Years Old

    2015 marks 50 years of successful NASA missions to Mars starting with Mariner 4 in 1965. Since then, a total of 15 robotic missions led by various NASA centers have laid the groundwork for future human missions to the Red Planet. The journey to Mars continues with additional robotic missions planned for 2016 and 2020, and human missions in the 2030s. Enjoy and share……     Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $69.95 Price: $40.91

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  • Mars Is The Next New World

    Mars Is The Next New World

    We will Set Foot on it Soon. Establishing a colony on Mars would protect the long-term survival of the human race. The race is on. Private companies, driven by iconoclastic entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, and Sir Richard Branson; Dutch reality show and space mission Mars One; NASA; and the Chinese government are among the many groups competing to plant the first stake on Mars and open the door for human habitation. Why go to Mars? […]

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  • Three Years on Mars!

    Three Years on Mars!

    After three action-packed years on Mars, the Curiosity rover is ready to take on the higher slopes of Mount Sharp. Enjoy and share…. Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $69.95 Price: $40.91

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  • Why Earth Lived and Mars Died

    Why Earth Lived and Mars Died

    Why do we explore space? Here is what SpaceRip has to say in this matter….. The Mars rover, Curiosity, is the latest in a long line of missions to Mars: landers sent to scoop its soil and study its rocks, orbiters sent to map its valleys and ridges. They are all asking the same question. Did liquid water once flow on this dry and dusty world? Did it support life in any form? And are there remnants left to find? […]

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  • Five Ways Mariner 4 Changed Mars Exploration

    Five Ways Mariner 4 Changed Mars Exploration

    We have come a long way since 1965. That is when Mariner 4 was launched. Mariner 4 was the first spacecraft to fly by Mars and send home close-up images. Find out how the mission changed the way we explore the Red Planet. Enjoy and share…… Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $69.95 Price: $40.91

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  • Observing Comet Siding Spring at Mars

    Observing Comet Siding Spring at Mars

    We have seen and read about this comet for awhile now. The event has come and gone, but it is interesting to hear what preparations NASA made in anticipation of this event. On October 19, Comet Siding Spring will pass within 88,000 miles of Mars – just one third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon! Traveling at 33 miles per second and weighing as much as a small mountain, the comet hails from the outer fringes of […]

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  • New Commercial Rocket Descent Data May Help NASA With Future Mars Landings

    New Commercial Rocket Descent Data May Help NASA With Future Mars Landings

    NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars. “Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars are significantly different than those used here on Earth, investment in these technologies is critical,” said Robert Braun, principal investigator for NASA’s Propulsive Descent […]

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  • Mars Comet Encounter

    Mars Comet Encounter

    NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for today’s  Mars Comet Encounter Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will make a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19. At a distance of only 87,000 miles, it’s a near miss of the Red Planet. Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest to Mars around 2:27 p.m. EDT, hurtling at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second). This proximity will provide an unprecedented opportunity for researchers to gather data on both the comet and its effect […]

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  • A Close Encounter With Mars

    A Close Encounter With Mars

    This comet was thought to be on a collision course with Mars. New data has proven that it will not happen, BUT NASA’s satellites may be at risk. Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will make a very close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Passing at a distance of only 87,000 miles (by comparison that’s little more than 1/3 the distance between Earth and our moon), it’ll be a near miss of the Red Planet. Find out how NASA’s […]

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