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NASA built $349 mn facility for already closed space program
In what some see as symbolic of an often-aimless space program, NASA was allowed to complete construction of a $343-million rocket-testing tower in Mississippi even after the structure’s mission was cancelled in 2010.

16.12.2014 16:37

Ancient Mars had massive lake, was potentially a wet planet
The landing site of the Mars curiosity rover robot, the Gale Crater, is believed to have once been a lake, NASA announced, presenting evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years – potentially long enough to sustain life.

09.12.2014 00:16

NASA test-launches Orion spaceship set to take humans to Mars
Orion has finally blasted off into space from Cape Canaveral on one of NASA’s most important missions for decades - after Thursday’s botched attempt, defying Friday weather forecasts that meant there was only a 40 percent chance of take-off.

05.12.2014 09:03

Life on Mars? Carbon-containing meteorite from Red Planet restarts debate
Researchers have analyzed a meteorite that fell in the Moroccan desert three years ago, finding “unique” traces carbon of “a very probable biological origin” and thus rebooting the theory about life on Mars.

03.12.2014 08:27

NASA rover to probe mysterious 'pink cliffs' to grasp Mars formation
NASA’s Mars rover appears to have struck gold. A strange ledge at the base of Mt. Sharp exposes sediment layers that could hold clues to how the entire planet was formed. They are said to be the original reason for the agency’s choice for survey location.

21.11.2014 11:50

Infertile Field of Mars? Colonization plans marred by gravity, radiation fears
The Mars One mission - to bring humans to the Red Planet - is underway, with nearly 80,000 applicants for a possible one-way trip. But will they go forth and multiply? Low gravity and cosmic rays lie in the path of the ambitious plan.

25.10.2014 10:57

Increased cosmic radiation may thwart manned Mars missions
Space explorers stay home! Cosmic radiation levels have increased due to weaker solar activity and now pose greater risk to astronauts’ health, which means a manned mission to Mars might have to wait, new research has found.

22.10.2014 14:51

​‘Space missions help economies gain credibility’
It is likely that many emerging economies will go to the stars following India’s Mars Orbiter Mission as space projects are a good status symbol and help countries gain credibility, Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle science writer, told RT.

17.10.2014 09:41

Lonely planet: Astronauts to simulate life on Mars for 8 months
For eight months, six astronauts will be essentially locked into a small dome in Hawaii as NASA attempts to study the consequences of living the quiet, lonely lifestyle that humans would experience on Mars.

16.10.2014 23:50

‘Duck and hide!’ - Comet’s near-hit of Mars may crash NASA spacecraft orbiting planet
​Comet Siding Spring is expected to travel exceptionally close to Mars at 126,000 mph (202,000 kph) on October 19, according to NASA, which says it will strategically maneuver its craft orbiting the Red Planet away from the comet’s impacts.

13.10.2014 17:36

‘F**k Earth!’ Elon Musk wants to send million people to Mars to ensure humanity’s survival
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made no secret of his dreams to colonize Mars. But now he’s opened up about the practicalities and challenges of creating a human outpost on the Red Planet.

01.10.2014 19:00

#SpaceBuddies: India’s chatty Mars orbiter spurs flurry of Red Planet tweets
India’s Mars Orbiter entered the planet’s orbit exactly a week ago, joining the Mars Curiosity Rover and others in their studies of the red planet. It has since been honing its photography skills and making friends with the other Mars spacecraft.

29.09.2014 12:05