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UAE Wants to Land on Mars by 2021, Launches Space Agency

UAE Wants to Land on Mars by 2021, Launches Space Agency

By Josh Wolford July 17, 2014

The United Arab Emirates says it’s entering the space race. The country’s President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President & ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the formation of a new UAE space …

Mars Rover Curiosity Successfully Surmounted a Dune Mars Rover Curiosity Successfully Surmounted a Dune

NASA this week revealed that Mars rover Curiosity has successfully crossed over a Martian sand dune and is now continuing on its way. The rover drove a total of 41.1 meters on Sunday, February 9. This puts Curiosity’s total distance …

NASA, CNES Team Up For Mars Lander Project NASA, CNES Team Up For Mars Lander Project

This week NASA and the Centre national d’├ętudes spatiales (the French space agency, CNES) signed an agreement to work towards a future Mars lander set to launch in 2016. The mission is known as the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Now Driven Over 3 Miles Mars Rover Curiosity Has Now Driven Over 3 Miles
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Following a few hiccups and a software upgrade during the holiday season, Mars rover Curiosity is now back to doing what it does best. NASA today revealed that Curiosity is currently on its way to drill another rock sample. The …

Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Xmas Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Xmas
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While people on Earth were finishing up their Christmas shopping last week, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity was receiving its own Christmas gift in the form of new software. According to NASA, Curiosity has now received its third software upgrade since …

Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock
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Mars rover Curiosity has been on Mars now for over one year. In that time the rover has performed a variety of science observations, revealing to scientists even more about the surface of the red planet. Today, NASA announced that …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot

NASA today officially announced that Mars rover Curiosity has fired its infrared laser more than 102,000 times. The 100,000th blast came back near the end of October, when the rover shot over 300 blasts at a rock named “Ithaca” from …

Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity resumed its exploration of Mars this weekend. The rover’s exploration had been suspended last week following an unexpected electrical issue. This is the second time in November that Curiosity has been reactivated following …

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa
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CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe …

Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity‘s planned research has been suspended temporarily. The rover is still functional, but has been put on hold while researchers examine an electricity issue that has been detected. This news comes just a week …

NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars
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On Monday afternoon NASA successfully launched its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The probe’s solar arrays were deployed soon after it’s final rocket stage, sending it on its months-long journey to the planet …

Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch

Mars has been quite the hot spot lately. First, discussions about cultivating a human population on the planet have circulated. Now, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is being prepared for the Monday, November 18th launch that is set for 1:28 p.m. EST. …

Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action
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NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is now out of safe mode and operating normally. The rover had rebooted into safe mode unexpectedly last week while transferring data between the rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Curiosity is expected …

ESA Names ExoMars Lander ‘Schiaparelli’ ESA Names ExoMars Lander ‘Schiaparelli’

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the landing module for its 2016 ExoMars mission has been officially named “Schiaparelli.” The name refers to 19th century astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli is best known for describing the surface features of …

India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days
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NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity this weekend drove itself over the surface of Mars for two days. The rover used its autonomous driving mode to scope out driving routes on its own, traveling 262 feet closer to …

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Sandstone Pebbles Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Sandstone Pebbles

Two weeks ago, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had reached the first of five waypoints along its months-long drive to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. Researchers were hoping to investigate rocks in the area for comparison to those …