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  • In space, tiny women rule

    In space, tiny women rule
    In February of 1960, the American magazine Look ran a cover story that asked, "Should a Girl Be First in Space?" It was a sensational headline representing an audacious idea at the time. And as we all know, the proposal fell short. In 1961, NASA sent Alan...
  • NASA orbiters watch as comet flies safely past Mars

    NASA orbiters watch as comet flies safely past Mars
    Comet Siding Spring sailed past Mars on Sunday, coming 10 times closer to the Red Planet than any comet on record has come to Earth. At the time of the comet's closest approach at 11:27 a.m., it was just 87,000 miles from Mars. That's less than half the...
  • A comet is about to fly by Mars: Here's everything you need to know

    A comet is about to fly by Mars: Here's everything you need to know
    On Sunday, a comet the size of a mountain will brush past Mars, passing just 87,000 miles away from the red planet. That's about one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon, and scientists say it is likely closer than any comet has gotten to...
  • MAVEN captures solar storm hitting Mars, prepares for comet flyby

    MAVEN captures solar storm hitting Mars, prepares for comet flyby
    NASA’s MAVEN mission has sent back its first look at a solar storm that hit the Martian atmosphere last month, delivering detailed images of the halos of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon surrounding the Red Planet and even mapping the ozone lying beneath...
  • A comet is about to come very close to Mars, and NASA is ready

    A comet is about to come very close to Mars, and NASA is ready
    A speeding comet the size of a mountain will come within 87,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, and NASA is planning to observe it with just about everything the agency's got. In a press conference Thursday, officials described how they will use more than a...
  • I've signed up to send my name on Orion's first flight. Have you?

    I've signed up to send my name on Orion's first flight. Have you?
    Face it. You're never going to Mars. But you can send your name. On a thumbnail-sized microchip. Along with more than a million other names. No, it's not the same, but it's a way of staking a claim to a teeny, tiny place in space history. "We did...
  • Mars rover Curiosity getting a taste of the base of Mt. Sharp

    Mars rover Curiosity getting a taste of the base of Mt. Sharp
    After two years of roving the Martian surface, NASA’s rover Curiosity has finally drilled its ultimate target: Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mountain in the middle of Gale Crater. The robotic explorer is set to get a taste of Martian rock Tuesday night...
  • MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars

    MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars
    Quick work! Just eight hours after entering Martian orbit Sunday, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent data back to Earth that scientists quickly translated into the mission’s first images. Rendered in primary colors, the ultraviolet snapshots show...
  • NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water

    NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water
    A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey. After traveling 442 million miles from Earth, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or...
  • NASA mission enters Mars orbit to study where planet's atmosphere – and water – went

    NASA mission enters Mars orbit to study where planet's atmosphere – and water – went
    A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere — and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once...
  • NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars

    NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars
    A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet's lost water. After traveling 442 million miles, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution,...