Every December, geoscientists descend on San Francisco for the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. It's the time for announcements big and small over a daunting diversity of topics. Summarizing the breadth of research is an exercise in futility, so instead, here's a tiny taste of what was shared.
Yesterday, comet Siding Spring hurled past Mars at half the distance between the Earth and moon, bringing a massive cloud of dust along with it. To protect its space-based assets, space agencies employed precautionary measures, and they appear to have worked.
Piling on to the good news from Mars this week, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent home its first ultraviolet images from Mars. While they may not be flashy, these images will help determine the composition and variability of the upper atmosphere, and investigate the mystery of when the water escaped.
The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a 711 million kilometer, 10-month journey, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the planet's…
NASA's newest Martian explorer – the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft – is finally ready for lift-off. Currently poised atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Mars-bound orbiter is slated to launch this afternoon at 1:28 pm ET. Live coverage of the launch begins right now!
Earlier this month, the government shutdown threatened to postpone the launch of NASA's Mars MAVEN spacecraft until 2016, at the expense of tens of millions of dollars to the Agency's already cash-strapped Planetary Science Division. Now, NASA says the orbiter is prepared to lift off on its originally scheduled launch…
The Curiosity rover is just four months into its primary two-year mission on Mars, and already NASA is planning sequels. The Agency announced yesterday plans for a series of Martian missions that will culminate in 2020 with the launch of a new robotic science rover based largely on Curiosity's design.