Mars Missions In Summer Slow Lane

US and European efforts to send joint missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018 are slowed by an inability on the part of the Americans to provide a full financial commitment to the projects.

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  • Hillary Clinton Gets Another Nudge for 2016
    Paging, Hillary Clinton. Emily’s List, the influential abortion-rights group that backs Democratic women, unveiled an initiative Thursday to help put a woman in the White House. The group announced a six-figure digital media campaign and new polling that shows a strong appetite for a female commander-in-chief as part of its “Madame President” campaign. More
  • Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat
    NASA is blaming Congress for the need to pay $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space. More
  • Poll: Christie is Republicans' third choice to run for presidentPoll: Christie is Republicans' third choice to run for president
    Gov. Chris Christie is the third most popular choice to run for president in 2016 among Republicans, according to a new national poll released today by Fairleigh Dickinson University. More
  • One flight closer to space tourismOne flight closer to space tourism
    Virgin Galactic is one flight closer to becoming a commercial "spaceline." The company's passenger spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, completed its first rocket-powered flight Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California. More
  • Barbara Bush on Jeb run: 'We've had enough Bushes'Barbara Bush on Jeb run: 'We've had enough Bushes'
    Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush's presidential library, former first lady Barbara Bush is brushing aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House. More
  • NASA tests 'flying saucer' for future Mars mission
    NASA has taken its own flying-saucer-like vehicle for a test run ... the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Saturday in order to test landing technology for future missions to Mars. The vehicle, called a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), separated ...
    06/28/2014 - 12:00 pm | View Link
  • NASA Schedules June 3 Test Flight for Mars Flying Saucer
    Despite looking like a more advanced balloon boy hoax, the craft is actually integral to NASA’s plans to set foot on the surface of Mars. The LDSD is designed to slow the descent of ... with more unmanned missions planned for 2020s.
    05/26/2014 - 5:49 am | View Link
  • Nasa: Supersonic 'Flying Saucer' Test Flights Prepared for Mars Mission
    Nasa is making the final preparations for a test flight for its supersonic flying saucer, that could help astronauts explore the surface of Mars. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is designed to produce a lot of drag, in order to help slow the descent ...
    05/20/2014 - 8:25 am | View Link
  • 'NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge' tells Curiosity's story on PBS
    I’ve been a fan of the unmanned Mars missions ever since the slow-news July 4 weekend in 1997 when Pathfinder ... for analysis [info] â ª PBS samples Curiosity’s back-story in “NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge” a DVR ...
    11/14/2012 - 8:00 am | View Link
  • After Safe Landing, Rover Sends Images From Mars
    For the world of science, it was the second slam-dunk this summer — the first ... neither the landing legs of the Viking missions in 1976 nor the cocoons of air bags that cushioned the two rovers that NASA placed on Mars in 2004. Those approaches ...
    08/5/2012 - 9:00 pm | View Link
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  • Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
    ISRO launched the 1,350 kg Mars Orbiter Mission - Manglayaan - from Sriharikota using PSLV-C25, an XL variant of the launcher, on November 5, 2013 at 14:38 hrs to ...
    11/23/2014 - 6:24 am | View Website
  • NASA
    Next Mars Rover Gets a Test Taste of Mars Conditions - 03.18.11. This image shows preparation for one phase of testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.
    11/23/2014 - 4:08 am | View Website
  • Mars to Stay
    Mars to Stay missions propose astronauts sent to Mars for the first time should intend to stay. Unused emergency return vehicles would be recycled into settlement ...
    11/22/2014 - 1:06 pm | View Website
  • Exploration of Mars
    The exploration of Mars has taken place over hundreds of years, beginning in earnest with the invention and development of the telescope during the 1600s.
    11/22/2014 - 1:46 am | View Website
  • Cydonia: Martian Mystery Region | Mars Odyssey Mission THEMIS
    The other story - spurred by data from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions - centers on the presence of water (or ice) in the ground, revealed by ...
    11/21/2014 - 2:37 am | View Website
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