Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014

by David Dickinson January 1, 2014

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

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India’s First Mars Probe ‘MOM’ Blasts Free of Earth Joining MAVEN in Race to Red Planet

by Ken Kremer December 1, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – India’s first ever Mars probe ‘MOM’ successfully fired its main engine today (Dec. 1), blasting the craft free of the Earth’s sphere of influence forever to begin her nearly yearlong momentous voyage to the Red Planet. Indian space engineers initiated the 440 Newton liquid fueled engine firing precisely as planned at […]

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India’s MOM Mars Probe Images Earth’s Children Prior to Nail Biting Red Planet Insertion

by Ken Kremer November 27, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – MOM is looking at you, kid! And if the spectacular new image of billions of Earth’s children captured by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is any indication (see above), then we can expect absolutely gorgeous scenes of the Red Planet once the groundbreaking probe arrives there in September 2014. But despite […]

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MAVEN thunders to Space on Journey to Study Red Planet’s Watery History and Potential for Life

by Ken Kremer November 18, 2013

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) space probe thundered to space today (Nov. 18) following a flawless blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 1:28 p.m. EST atop a powerful Atlas V rocket. “Hey Guys we’re going to Mars!” gushed Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN’s Principal […]

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How NASA Kept MAVEN’s Launch Date During The Government Shutdown

by Elizabeth Howell November 18, 2013

As NASA Social attendees gather for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft’s date with space today, NASA administrator Charles Bolden recalled that time in October when it looked like MAVEN may have had to lose its launch window for two years because of the government shutdown. “It was a very complicated process that we were […]

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