Mars Archive

futureNext NASA Mars Rover Mission will include tiny Mars Chopper

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on …

MarsNASA Mars Insight Science mission launching in a few days

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The NASA Insight Mars mission is targeting a launch within a few days. InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, taking the planet’s vital signs, its pulse and temperature. This makes InSight the first mission to give Mars a …

futureSpaceX heavy and near term solar sail for manned missions to Near Earth Objects

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Centauri Dreams has a published paper by Gregory Matloff who has written extensively on Interstellar Travel and solar sails. Gregory new work looks at applying the SpaceX Falcon Heavy and a 700 meter by 700 meter square solar sail. Above …

indiaIndia planning building habitats on the moon

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In 2013-2014, India was able to successfully complete the Mangalyaan Mars orbiter mission for a total of $74 million. This was almost ten times cheaper than a $671 million NASA Mars orbiter mission (Maven). India is now looking at building …

futureRussia plans unmanned Mars mission in 2019 and then missions to access ice water on the moon

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Russia plans to launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019. Vladimir Putin says Russia is planning unmanned and later manned launches, into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration. Russia also plans to launch …

MarsNASA has small $18.8 million nuclear thermal rocket research project

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Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8 million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine for deep-space travel. “Significant advances in material research and technology development have …

asteroidsThird Burn successful going Past Mars to Asteroid Belt

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Elon Musk tweeted that the Third burn successful (for the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy). Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. …

elon muskLive video from Starman on its way to Mars

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Upper stage restart nominal, apogee raised to 7000 km. Will spend 5 hours getting zapped in Van Allen belts & then attempt final burn for Mars. Live view of Starman https://t.co/gvSlztlE6l — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018 View from …

launchSpaceX Falcon Heavy could launch in next few hours

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SpaceX will be webcasting the possible test launch of the Falcon Heavy in a 1:30ET to 4:00 PM ET launch window. There is a video animation of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. They added the deployment of the Red Tesla …

launchSpaceX Heavy going into Trans-Mars heliocentric orbit

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If the first test launch is successful it will send the top stage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy into a Trans-Mars injection heliocentric orbit. It will be orbiting the sun in a way that will repeatedly bring it close to …