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  • Mars orbiter rediscovers long-lost Beagle 2 lander

    Mars orbiter rediscovers long-lost Beagle 2 lander
    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has rediscovered a "lost" British spacecraft that disappeared without a trace more than 11 years ago. The discovery of the Beagle 2 lander, hailed by planetary scientists, solves a decade-old mystery as to the...
  • Beagle lander thought lost since 2003 is found on Mars

    It turns out the Beagle has landed after all — but it never called home. The gone-but-not-forgotten spacecraft went AWOL on Christmas Day, 2003, when it was supposed to land on Mars and start transmitting data back to Earth. Instead, the...
  • JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration

    JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided  'extreme' exploration
    Alberto Enrique Behar dedicated his career to the idea that there was no place too hot, too cold or too remote for science. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arizona State University, he developed robotic instruments that investigated...
  • Life on Mars? Scientist offers different take on Curiosity images

    Life on Mars? Scientist offers different take on Curiosity images
    Was there ever life on Mars? Without a human geologist roaming the surface, hammer in hand, it’s devilishly difficult to find out, and current robotic explorers aren’t really built to answer that question. But in a paper published in the...
  • NASA braces Mars orbiters for comet's close encounter

    NASA braces Mars orbiters for comet's close encounter
    They are literally specks of dust, tiny bits of primordial material that wouldn't be visible to the naked eye. But for spacecraft in orbit around Mars, they could become minuscule agents of destruction. These dust particles will come hurtling past the...
  • NASA spacecraft around Mars sends images of comet Siding Spring

    NASA spacecraft around Mars sends images of comet Siding Spring
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has released the first resolved images of comet Siding Spring's nucleus -- and it's a lot smaller than people expected. The nucleus of the comet that zoomed past the Red Planet on Sunday appears to be about half its...
  • After Orion launch, big steps lie ahead for Mars trip, NASA says

    After Orion launch, big steps lie ahead for Mars trip, NASA says
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — If creating the new Orion space capsule or developing a new deep-space rocket are complex and critical breakthroughs, NASA's remaining challenges to send humans to Mars are no less daunting, officials said Tuesday. NASA's...
  • Mars rover finds key evidence for lake at landing site

    Mars rover finds key evidence for lake at landing site
    Billions of years ago, a lake once filled the 96-mile-wide crater being explored by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, bolstering evidence that the planet most like Earth in the solar system was suitable for microbial life, scientists said on Monday....
  • Rivers, lakes and deltas, oh my! Mars rover probes crater's watery past

    Rivers, lakes and deltas, oh my! Mars rover probes crater's watery past
    Was Mars once a land of lakes, protected by a thick atmosphere? That’s been up for debate as scientists try to determine how wet the now-parched planet once was -- and how long it stayed that way. But NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered...
  • 'CRomnibus' budget a good deal for NASA planetary science, supporters say

    'CRomnibus' budget a good deal for NASA planetary science, supporters say
    The so-called CRomnibus package is up for a vote in Congress this week – and supporters of NASA are cheering it on. If approved in the House and Senate, the federal spending appropriations for the 2015 fiscal year would give the space agency...
  • Congress to vote on 'CRomnibus' package, including JPL funds

    Congress to vote on 'CRomnibus' package, including JPL funds
    The so-called CRomnibus package is up for a vote in Congress this week – and supporters of NASA are cheering it on. If approved in the House and Senate, the federal spending appropriations for the 2015 fiscal year would give the space agency...