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Report Calls for Changes to Rules About Contamination of Other Worlds

This artist’s concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars. NASA A new report has called for NASA to update its rules preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms to other planets in the course of space exploration. The report was written by the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB), a recently created …

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Remains of Briny Pools Provide Further Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

As the Curiosity rover explores Mars’ Gale Crater, the data it collects tells us more about the history of the planet and in particular about whether liquid water once existed there. Using data collected by Curiosity, a new study has examined the geology of the crater to learn more about the briny ponds which may …

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Hear the Sounds of Mars With Incredible Audio Samples From Insight

NASA’s InSight lander may be struggling with its stuck drill, but while it is stuck in place on the Martian surface it’s still collecting a ton of useful scientific information about the planet. This week NASA released a unique set of sounds collected by the lander from its time on the red planet. InSight’s first …

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Elon Musk Unveils His Starship, Plans to Fly It in a Matter of Months

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Over the weekend, Elon Musk unveiled the first Starship prototype SpaceX has built. The company has set an ambitious test schedule for itself, with the vehicle possibly making a limited flight as early as November. The so-called Starship is actually …

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk lays out a fast and furious plan for Starship – GeekWire

SpaceX CEO stands in front of a darkly gleaming Starship Mk1 prototype as he outlines his plan for testing and launching the spaceship. (SpaceX via YouTube) SpaceX CEO Elon Musk set a revved-up timeline tonight for testing and building a fleet of Starship rocket ships that he says would eventually take people on trips to …

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Spin Me Right Round: Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Balanced Checked

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover recently entered its final year of engineering before it is launched on its journey to the red planet, and it has been subjected to a battery of tests to ensure it’s ready to touch down. The latest test was a spin on a rotating table to check its weight distribution. In …

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European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover Constructed and Ready

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission isn’t the only the rover headed to the red planet — the European Space Agency also has the ExoMars project to send its own rover there. Recently, construction was completed on the ExoMars rover and soon it will be ready for launch next year. The last step is the assembly process …

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Mars 2020: NASA Launches Student Contest to Name Its Martian Rover

Whether it’s propelling prototype Hyperloop pods along a test track, using your noggin to excel in a science contest, or bagging $3 million for winning a video game, students get to do some pretty cool stuff these days. The next big opportunity to land for those just setting out in the world comes in the …

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NASA Names Martian Rock After Rolling Stones

The team behind NASA’s InSight lander named a piece of Martian rubble after one of the most iconic bands in music history: “Rolling Stones Rock.” Slightly larger than a golf ball, the bit of debris appeared to have rolled about three feet, propelled by InSight’s thrusters as the spacecraft touched down on Mars in November. …

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Aerospace Firm Shows Off Giant Inflatable Space Habitat

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Most of the spacecraft in science fiction are ridiculously spacious, but real life is much less luxurious. The International Space Station (ISS) has just 388 cubic meters of habitable space, and future deep-space assignments could have astronauts serving much longer …

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