‘Explore Mars’ Group Wants To Build Instrument Seeking Subsurface Red Planet Life

by Elizabeth Howell August 1, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Not-for-profit group Explore Mars has a new IndieGoGo campaign that could see an instrument, ExoLance, head to the Red Planet to burrow for subsurface life. The first stage will be to raise money to build the prototype and then test it, […]

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NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

by Ken Kremer July 31, 2014

NASA announced the winners of the high stakes science instrument competition to fly aboard the Mars 2020 rover at a briefing held today, Thursday, July 31, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 2020 rover’s instruments goals are to search for signs of organic molecules and past life and help pave the way for […]

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The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Reaches Odometer Milestone

by Shannon Hall July 28, 2014

NASA’s Opportunity mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles of driving. Given that the rover has been roaming the Red Planet for over a decade, that’s a travel speed of roughly 2.5 miles per year, and it’s one to be proud of. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other […]

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NASA Preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

by Bob King July 26, 2014

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring inches closer to the Red Planet, NASA’s taking steps to protect its fleet of orbiting Mars spacecraft. On October 19, the comet’s icy nucleus will miss the planet by just 82,000 miles (132,000 km). That’s 17 times closer than the closest recorded Earth-approaching comet, Lexell’s Comet in 1770.  Remove this ad

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Having Fun with the Equation of Time

by David Dickinson July 25, 2014

If you’re like us, you might’ve looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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