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It’s prime time for seeing Mars and the moon

It’s no hoax: Mars is bigger and brighter in the night sky than it’s been at any time since 2003. And you can watch the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. There are caveats, of course: The only … Continue reading

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Orbiter detects signs of hidden lake on Mars

Radar readings from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter point to the location of what appears to be a 12-mile-wide lake of liquid water, buried under about a mile of ice and dust in the Red Planet’s south polar … Continue reading

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Opportunity rover should wait out Martian storm

NASA has had to put its power-starved Opportunity rover into an induced coma on Mars, but that drastic maneuver — plus some luck — should be enough to save it from one of the worst dust storms ever observed on the Red … Continue reading

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NASA loses contact with Opportunity rover on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has lost touch with its handlers back on Earth, probably due to a low-power condition brought on by a chokingly thick dust storm. The storm is covering an area of 14 million square miles, or a quarter … Continue reading

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Mars rover makes ‘breakthroughs in astrobiology’

The latest evidence for methane and other organic chemicals on Mars isn’t the smoking gun for life on Mars that some folks may have been hoping for, but it gives astrobiologists much more to go on. Readings gathered by NASA’s … Continue reading

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Should space priorities be closer to home?

A newly released survey from Pew Research Center suggests that Americans still strongly support the space program, 60 years after NASA’s founding, but that they’re more interested in Earth science than exploration beyond Earth orbit. That’s a turnabout from the broad strokes … Continue reading

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Blue Origin gets in on NASA’s space resource studies

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is among 10 teams that will share about $10 million in NASA funding to look into techniques for using resources from the moon and Mars. The studies are aimed at advancing technologies … Continue reading

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