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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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5 ‘Martian’ miscues to fix in future space flicks

LOS ANGELES — Planetary scientist Pascal Lee could give astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson a good run for his money when it comes to truth-squadding movie depictions of space missions. For almost two decades, Lee has been working on the tools and techniques … Continue reading

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SpaceX propulsion guru looks ahead to Mars

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX’s success owes a lot to the tenacity of the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, but some of the credit has to go to the guy who designed the engines that make the rockets go. That would be … Continue reading

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