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Billionaire Wants Humans at Mars by 2017

Washington Post Joel Achenbach November 20, 2013 Billionaire Dennis Tito, tired of being told that we can’t send humans to Mars just yet, on Wednesday revealed his scheme for launching two astronauts to the red planet as early as December 2017. Dubbed “Inspiration Mars,” the flyby mission would exploit a rare alignment of Earth and Mars that minimizes the time ... Read More »

Curiosity Science Work Halted by Possible Electrical Short

NASA JPL November 20, 2013 Science observations by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity have been suspended for a few days while engineers run tests to check possible causes of a voltage change detected on Nov. 17. “The vehicle is safe and stable, fully capable of operating in its present condition, but we are taking the precaution of investigating what may be ... Read More »

Happy 15th Birthday to the International Space Station!

ESA November 20, 2013 The International Space Station celebrates its birthday today, 15 years after the first module was launched in 1998. The Space Station is the largest cooperative project ever carried out in science, involving NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. On 20 November 1998 a Russian Proton rocket lifted off from ... Read More »

MAVEN Spacecraft is on the Way to Mars

NASA November 18, 2013 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission began with a smooth countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 5,400-pound spacecraft lifted off at 1:28 p.m. EST, the mission’s first opportunity. MAVEN’s solar arrays deployed and are producing power. “We’re ... Read More »

Curiosity’s Route to Mount Sharp Takes Shape

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Cassini’s Big New View of Saturn

  NASA JPL November 12, 2013 On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn’s shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings — and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. With the sun’s powerful and potentially damaging rays eclipsed by Saturn itself, Cassini’s onboard ... Read More »

Expedition 37 Crew Lands Carrying Olympic Torch

NASA November 10, 2013 Three Expedition 37 crew members have landed after 166 days in space, completing a 70.3 million mile mission spanning more than 2,600 orbits of the Earth since their launch to the International Space Station in May. The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft carrying Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano landed in ... Read More »

Strange Asteroid Has Six Comet-Like Tails

ESA Hubble November 7, 2013 Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed a unique and baffling object in the asteroid belt that looks like a rotating lawn sprinkler or badminton shuttlecock. While this object is on an asteroid-like orbit, it looks like a comet, and is sending out tails of dust into space. Normal asteroids appear as tiny ... Read More »

Sunlight is Ionizing Titan’s Atmosphere

NASA JPL November 06, 2013 A detailed analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has directly linked the density of the ionosphere – a region in the upper atmosphere that is dominated by electrically charged particles – at Saturn’s moon Titan to the 11-year boom-and-bust cycle of activity at our sun. The confirmation was possible because of Cassini’s long-term stay ... Read More »

New Findings Show Most Stars in the Galaxy Have Planets

NASA November 04, 2013 Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be announced ... Read More »

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