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Tiny probe snaps fresh picture of our Pale Blue Dot

You don’t have to fly beyond the orbit of Neptune to see our home planet as a Pale Blue Dot. One of the first nanosatellites to travel beyond Earth orbit has proven that in a new version of the view first made … Continue reading

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Mars InSight lander lifts off from California

NASA’s Mars InSight lander and two piggyback probes were lofted through California’s coastal fog into space before dawn today, beginning a six-month, 300 million-mile journey to study the Red Planet’s mysterious interior. It marked the first interplanetary mission to be … Continue reading

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Basketball star Chris Bosh geeks out over Mars

While retired NBA All-Star basketball player Chris Bosh plans his next career moves, he and his wife Adrienne are taking a time out to witness the launch of NASA’s Mars InSight lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Based on their tweets, … Continue reading

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It’s showtime for launch of Mars InSight lander

NASA’s Mars InSight lander is being prepped for a launch that will send some magical science and engineering toward the Red Planet, including two pint-sized piggyback probes and a seismometer that can measure distances less than the width of an atom. Now, … Continue reading

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Get a 360-degree view of Mars lander’s testbed

When NASA’s InSight lander touches down on Mars in November, its handlers already will have had lots of practice operating its cranelike robot arm — thanks to an InSight knockoff sitting in a plot of simulated Martian grit back on Earth. The … Continue reading

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NASA gives go-ahead for Mars lander in 2018

NASA has approved plans to fix a flaw on its InSight lander in time for a launch to Mars in 2018. The flaw involves a leak in a vacuum seal for one of the lander’s main scientific instruments, known as the … Continue reading

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NASA has a plan to fix Mars lander for 2018

NASA says it’s worked out a plan to redesign a faulty instrument on its InSight lander in time to send it to Mars in 2018. The lander had been scheduled for liftoff this month from Vandenberg Air Force Base in … Continue reading

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