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NASA Preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

by Bob King July 26, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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To Help Mars Rovers Phone Home, NASA Asks For Ideas To Close Looming Communications Gap

by Elizabeth Howell July 25, 2014

Remember during the government shutdown when it looked as though a NASA Mars mission would be delayed? Launch preparations continued because delaying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft — which could have pushed its window back by years — would cause “imminent risk to life or property”, administrator Charles Bolden told Universe Today […]

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India’s 1st Mars Mission Celebrates 100 Days and 100 Million Kilometers from Mars Orbit Insertion Firing – Cruising Right behind NASA’s MAVEN

by Ken Kremer June 21, 2014

India’s inaugural voyager to the Red Planet, the Mars Orbiter Mission or MOM, has just celebrated 100 days and 100 million kilometers out from Mars on June 16, until the crucial Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing that will culminate in a historic rendezvous on September 24, 2014. MOM is cruising right behind NASA’s MAVEN […]

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Interesting Prospects for Comet A1 Siding Spring Versus the Martian Atmosphere

by David Dickinson May 8, 2014

It may be the chance of a lifetime for planetary science. This October, a comet will brush past a planet, giving scientists a chance to study how it possibly interacts with a planetary atmosphere. The comet is C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, and the planet in question Mars.  And although an impact of the comet on […]

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Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014

by David Dickinson January 1, 2014

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “May you live in interesting times,” and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space science. The past year saw spacecraft depart for Mars, China land a rover on the Moon, and drama in low Earth orbit to repair the International Space Station. And all […]

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