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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Imagery from orbiting spacecraft has pictured the four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA’s Curiosity rover

The hardware has been spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

MRO’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera snagged this image...

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of...

PASADENA, Calif –NASA’s high-stakes mission to Mars has succeeded in its attempt to land on the red planet.

Hurled toward Mars on November 26, 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission has toted a car-sized rover named Curiosity to the surface of Mars.

The scene here at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is jubilant, with the first images from the landed rover already screened.

The mobile laboratory...


NASA will back Boeing, SpaceX andSierra Nevada with $1.1 billion during a third round of commercial crew space transportation development, top space agency officials announced on Friday.

Started in 2008, the NASA-private sector partnership is intended to establish a commercially competitive U. S. human space launch capability by 2017, though the three companies hope to accelerate the date by as much as two years.

NASA has relied on three passenger Russian Soyuz capsules for crew missions to the International Space Station since the U S. space shuttle fleet was retired in mid-2011.

Boeing’s CST-100, the SpaceX Dragon and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser would...

The United States remains the overall leader in space competitiveness, as measured against 14 other global powers, but its relative position has declined for a fifth straight year, as other countries enhance their capabilities, according to a new assessment from the Futron Corp., Futron’s 2012 Space Competitive Index: A Comparative Analysis of how Countries Invest in and Benefit from Space Industry.

The Bethesda, Md., based space consulting group found the U. S.slipping as it undergoes a major transitions in the field, particularly in human spaceflight, amid uncertainty over its long-term space priorities.

China, Japan, Russia and India,...

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s en route Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has begun to feel the tug of gravity of the red planet.

The MSL’s Curiosity rover is set to touch down on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 PDT (1:31 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 EDT).

That’s the official time a signal confirming safe landing could reach Earth, MSL officials said here today. But give it about an extra minute given possible...

This image was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of Mars Express. It is color-coded based on a digital terrain model derived from stereo image data.Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover is on target to land on the red planet at 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, 0531 GMT on Aug...


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