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  • Investigating the Martian Atmosphere

    Investigating the Martian Atmosphere

    The Martian surface bears ample evidence of flowing water in its youth, from crater lakes and riverbeds to minerals that only form in water. But today Mars is cold and dry, and scientists think that the loss of Mars’ water may have been caused by the loss of its early atmosphere. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, or MAVEN, will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet’s atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian […]

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  • Mars Balance Challenge

    Mars Balance Challenge

    The Challenge is to develop ideas for how NASA can turn available entry, descent, and landing balance mass on a future Mars mission into a scientific or technological payload. Proposed concepts should indicate uses for ejectable mass up to 150 kg prior to Mars atmospheric entry and/or another 150 kg during the entry and landing phases of the mission. NASA is seeking concepts that expand scientific knowledge or technological capabilities while exhibiting a high degree of practicality. Enjoy and share….. […]

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  • Long Tracks on Crater Rim Made by Opportunity

    Long Tracks on Crater Rim Made by Opportunity

    The 25 miles long journey From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half-a-mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving. The video begins with a view from orbit of the 25-mile journey Opportunity has made since landing in 2004. The view then shifts to ground level showing several hundred yards of the rover’s tracks made along the rim of Endeavour Crater. Opportunity is now exploring […]

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  • Targeting Mars

    Targeting Mars

    Here we have an encapsulated story about MAVEN’s journey to Mars.I thought it would be appropriate to post this today as it is the target day for the much anticipated encounter. NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is quickly approaching Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. When it arrives on September 21, 2014, MAVEN’s winding journey from Earth will culminate with a dramatic engine burn, pulling the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit. Enjoy and share………

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  • How Can We Live On Mars Without A Spacesuit?

    How Can We Live On Mars Without A Spacesuit?

    Trace from Dnews explains to us how this is possible. It seems that we already have the technology to do this.One day, it might be possible to live on Mars without a spacesuit! How could this be possible? Apparently we need the process of terraforming in order to one day live on the Red Planet. Let me know your thoughts about this video. Enjoy and share…. Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids Old Price: $6.99 Price: $0.79

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  • Goddard Goes to Mars

    Goddard Goes to Mars

    The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is designed to explore Mars’ upper atmosphere. It will determine the role that escape of gas from the atmosphere to space has played in changing the climate throughout the planet’s history. MAVEN was launched on Nov. 18, 2013, and will go into orbit around Mars on the evening of Sept. 21, 2014 (10 p.m. EDT). The Martian climate remains one of the solar system’s biggest mysteries: although cold and dry today, myriad […]

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  • The Great Shakeout Test For Mars

    The Great Shakeout Test For Mars

    NASA readies for the experimental flight of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a test vehicle designed for landing larger payloads on Mars. The saucer-shaped vehicle will undergo its first test flight in June 2014 from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Enjoy and share………. Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $169.95 Price: $129.36

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  • Big New Crater Found On Mars

    Big New Crater Found On Mars

    Deputy Project Scientist Leslie Tamppari explains how scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter found a fresh meteor-impact crater, and by golly it’s big. It’s the largest ever located anywhere by using before-and-after pictures. Using the initial pictures, scientists could nail down the time of impact to just 24 hours between March 27-28, 2012. Using the higher resolution cameras on MRO, scientists spotted not only the crater but possible landslides that occurred as a result of the impact. Enjoy and share……..

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  • Mars Weather Camera Helps Find New Crater on Red Planet

    Mars Weather Camera Helps Find New Crater on Red Planet

    Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater spans half the length of a football field and first appeared in March 2012. The impact that created it likely was preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky caused by intense friction between an incoming asteroid and the planet’s atmosphere. This series of events can be likened to the […]

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  • We Brake for Mars

    We Brake for Mars

    LDSD: low-density supersonic decelerator Have you ever wondered how NASA lands things on Mars? Well watch and learn….. NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions for future exploration. Enjoy and share….

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