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25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

by Ken Kremer August 31, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Now less than 25 days from her history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health! The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager […]

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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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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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