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NASA Tech Aims for Precise Landings on Mars (Video)
The ADAPT Test System
August 28th, 2015
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers — but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
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Earth Germs on Spacecraft: A Push for New Protections
Viking's View of Mars Image
August 26th, 2015
Today's spacecraft feature sensitive gear that may not be able to withstand the extreme heat treatment that sterilized previous Red Planet explorers such as NASA's Viking landers, said Penelope Boston.
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Boots on Mars by 2050, 'The Martian' Author Says (Video)
Red Planet Vehicle in 'The Martian'
August 27th, 2015
The author of "The Martian" suspects a lack of cooperation from Congress will push NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet back to the middle of the century.
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No, Mars Won't Be As Big as the Moon in the Sky Tonight
Mars Hoax Image
August 27th, 2015
The "Mars Hoax" has been popping up every Aug. 27 since 2003, when it was born in a widely misinterpreted email. The sender of that message was trying to get people excited about an unusually close approach of Mars to Earth in late August 2003.
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'The Martian' Shows 9 Ways NASA Tech Is Headed to Mars
Matt Damon in 'The Martian'
August 25th, 2015
How much of the technology in "The Martian" actually exists, or is in the works, today? Read on to find out what NASA's developing for real-life manned Mars exploration.
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'The Martian' Lands at NASA's Mars Mission Control (Photos)
Matt Damon's Hand Prints
August 20th, 2015
"The Martian" star Matt Damon, director Ridley Scott and Andy Weir, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday (Aug. 18).
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NASA's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast
Curiosity's Sky-Crane Maneuver
August 27th, 2015
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
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India's 1st Mars Probe Captures Stunning 3D View of Huge Chasm
Ophir Chasma Canyon
August 26th, 2015
Three new spectacular 3D images of a Mars chasm show gullies shaped by erosive forces on the Red Planet.
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Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony
Artist's concept of Mars One's planned colony on the Red Planet, which would begin with the touchdown of four people in 2027.
August 25th, 2015
The biggest challenges facing the private Mars One colonization project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, group representatives said.
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