June 2007 Top Story Archives



NASA DEPTHX Robot Completes Test Drive of Exploration Capabilities »» NASA DEPTHX Robot Completes Test Drive of Exploration Capabilities

[Friday, June 1, 2007] In late May, the Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer (DEPTHX) robot successfully navigated one of the world's deepest sinkholes. The mission could be a prelude to a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, believed to contain a liquid water ocean.

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Sen. Hutchison Applauds NASA Steps Toward Implementing Space Station as a National Laboratory »» Sen. Hutchison Applauds NASA Steps Toward Implementing Space Station as a National Laboratory

[Friday, June 1, 2007] "I am very pleased with the work NASA has completed in preparing this report and implementation plan for operating the ISS as a National Laboratory," Sen. Hutchison said.

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Report: Interoperability and Space Exploration »» Report: Interoperability and Space Exploration

[Friday, June 1, 2007] With the age of globalization, increased connectivity is increasingly the rule.  To make efficient use of this trend and remain competitive both economically and technologically, interoperability becomes a necessity.

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NASA Gives »» NASA Gives "Go" for Space Shuttle Launch on June 8

[Friday, June 1, 2007] On Thursday, NASA senior managers selected June 8 as the official launch date for space shuttle Atlantis. Commander Rick Sturckow and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 7:38 p.m. EDT on the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA Report to Congress Regarding a Plan for the  International Space Station National Laboratory »» NASA Report to Congress Regarding a Plan for the International Space Station National Laboratory

[Friday, June 1, 2007] NASA prepared this report outlining a plan for the International Space Station National Laboratory in response to direction in Section 507 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-155).

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Building our new view of Titan »» Building our new view of Titan

[Friday, June 1, 2007] Today, two and a half years after the historic landing of ESA's Huygens probe on Titan, a new set of results on Saturn's largest moon is ready to be presented. Titan, as seen through the eyes of Huygens still holds exciting surprises, scientists say.

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Researchers take picture of the face of Altair, a first for a star like our own »» Researchers take picture of the face of Altair, a first for a star like our own

[Friday, June 1, 2007] Using a suite of four telescopes, astronomers have captured an image of Altair, one of the closest stars to our own and a fixture in the summer sky.

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Space Needs You! Congress getting ready to pass NASA's budget! »» Space Needs You! Congress getting ready to pass NASA's budget!

[Saturday, June 2, 2007] "We currently have over 100 meetings scheduled with congressional staff members and need your support to help us meet with as many more as possible. Please join us to make sure that the Vision is full funded."

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NASA New Horizons: Full Set of Jupiter Close-Approach Data Reaches Home »» NASA New Horizons: Full Set of Jupiter Close-Approach Data Reaches Home

[Saturday, June 2, 2007] Like countless others before it, the data packet rode a radio signal more than 500 million miles from the New Horizons spacecraft to Earth, filtering through NASA's largest antennas late last week to mission and science operations center computers.

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Spirit Status: Remarkable Rover Continues to Astonish »» Spirit Status: Remarkable Rover Continues to Astonish

[Saturday, June 2, 2007] Spirit is still making new discoveries despite dragging its feet, so to speak, after losing use of the right front wheel 426 sols, or Martian days, ago.

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Opportunity Studies Rocks Representative of Crater Wall »» Opportunity Studies Rocks Representative of Crater Wall

[Saturday, June 2, 2007] While stationed at the "Madrid/Guadarrama" outcrop on the "Cape of Good Hope," Opportunity has been studying a cobble with unusual spectral characteristics as measured by the panoramic camera.

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Union Strike May Affect Next NASA Space Shuttle Launch »» Union Strike May Affect Next NASA Space Shuttle Launch

[Saturday, June 2, 2007] The local chapter of International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers representing employees in the NASA KSC area has rejected an offer from United Space Alliance.

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A Performance Assessment of NASA's Astrophysics Program »» A Performance Assessment of NASA's Astrophysics Program

[Monday, June 4, 2007] While a number of remarkable discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics have taken place over the past 20 years, many important questions remain. Continued progress in these fields will require NASA's leadership.

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NASA, National Space Society and Northrop Grumman Corporation To Unveil Extrasolar Planet Exhibition at Goddard Visitor Center »» NASA, National Space Society and Northrop Grumman Corporation To Unveil Extrasolar Planet Exhibition at Goddard Visitor Center

[Monday, June 4, 2007] The wonder and science of the search for extrasolar planets will come 'down to Earth' in a unique way on Tuesday evening, June 5, when a new artistic installation is unveiled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

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Satellites Track Human Exposure to Fine Particle Pollution »» Satellites Track Human Exposure to Fine Particle Pollution

[Monday, June 4, 2007] When it comes to air pollution, the smallest size can do the most harm. More than a decade ago, a pioneering study showed that one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution is particulate matter 10 microns (about 0.0004 inch) or less in size.

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NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft Ready for Science-rich Encounter with Venus »» NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft Ready for Science-rich Encounter with Venus

[Monday, June 4, 2007] NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will make its closest pass to Venus on Tuesday, June 5.

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HiRISE Releases 1,200 Images, Launches Viewer on Website »» HiRISE Releases 1,200 Images, Launches Viewer on Website

[Monday, June 4, 2007] Anyone connected by Internet can now see planet Mars better than at any time in history, through the eye of HiRISE, the most powerful camera ever to orbit another planet.

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An open letter to Gregg Easterbrook in response to recent commentary on the future of NASA »» An open letter to Gregg Easterbrook in response to recent commentary on the future of NASA

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] "Your recent piece in Wired made the assertion that NASA's priorities are misplaced. It was a thoughtful piece, but we respectfully disagree."

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The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon: Final Report »» The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon: Final Report

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] To help establish those objective, NASA asked the NRC to provide guidance on the scientific challenges and opportunities enabled by sustained robotic and human exploration of the Moon during the period 2008-2013+.

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory Teams With NASA Gamma-Ray Satellite »» National Radio Astronomy Observatory Teams With NASA Gamma-Ray Satellite

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] The NRAO is teaming with NASA's upcoming Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) to allow astronomers to use both the orbiting facility and ground-based radio telescopes to maximize their scientific payoff.

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NASA Shuttle Engine Upgrades Improve Safety and Reliability »» NASA Shuttle Engine Upgrades Improve Safety and Reliability

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] A main engine computer upgrade will fly on space shuttle Atlantis during the STS-117 mission, targeted for launch June 8. The upgrade is part of NASA's continuing efforts to improve space shuttle safety and reliability.

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A Piece of the Past Hitches a Ride on Next Space Shuttle Mission »» A Piece of the Past Hitches a Ride on Next Space Shuttle Mission

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] A nearly 400-year-old metal cargo tag bearing the words "Yames Towne" and some commemorative mementoes are packed in Atlantis' middeck floor cargo space for the roundtrip flight to the International Space Station.

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JP Aerospace: Ads, Ping Pong Balls, Coffee and Cutting Edge Development »» JP Aerospace: Ads, Ping Pong Balls, Coffee and Cutting Edge Development

[Tuesday, June 5, 2007] On Saturday, June 2, two platforms, Away 32 and Away 33, were carried aloft by balloon. These platforms were loaded. Away 32 was the first in the air. It reached 94,000 feet with a fast climb rate of 1,300 feet per minute.

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Hillary Clinton Hears About Space Policy at Washington Issues Forum »» Hillary Clinton Hears About Space Policy at Washington Issues Forum

[Wednesday, June 6, 2007] Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Presidential campaign held an "Issues Forum & Breakfast" this morning in Washington, DC. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill - and space policy was on the agenda.

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NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 7 June 2007 »» NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 7 June 2007

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] There is a 20-percent chance that conditions will not meet the weather criteria for launch Friday. The main concern is clouds associated with inland thunderstorms.

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Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award to  Engage Students in Space, Science & Technology »» Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award to Engage Students in Space, Science & Technology

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] The X PRIZE Foundation announced today a new education competition designed to cultivate interest and excitement in the fields of space, science and technology.

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NASA International Space Station Status Report 6 June 2007 »» NASA International Space Station Status Report 6 June 2007

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] On Wednesday, the Expedition 15 crew completed the second spacewalk in eight days and continued preparations for space shuttle Atlantis' arrival at the International Space Station.

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MESSENGER Completes Second Flyby of Venus »» MESSENGER Completes Second Flyby of Venus

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft swung by Venus for the second time early this evening for a gravity assist that shrank the radius of its orbit around the Sun, pulling it closer to Mercury.

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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Date for Hubble Mission »» NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Date for Hubble Mission

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] NASA managers officially are targeting Sept. 10, 2008, for the launch of the fifth and final space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites:  Restructuring Is Under Way, but Technical Challenges and Risks Remain »» Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites: Restructuring Is Under Way, but Technical Challenges and Risks Remain

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] NPOESS is a tri- agency acquisition--managed by the Departments of Commerce and Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration--which experienced escalating costs, schedule delays, and technical difficulties.

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NASA Image of Micrometeoroid Impact Damage on ISS »» NASA Image of Micrometeoroid Impact Damage on ISS

[Thursday, June 7, 2007] During the Russian spacewalk conducted by cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 15 commander, and Oleg Kotov, flight engineer, on June 6, 2007, Yurchikhin commented on damage to a multi-layer insulation (MLI) protective blanket on the Zarya module.

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Shuttle Crew Strapped In and Ready To Go »» Shuttle Crew Strapped In and Ready To Go

[Friday, June 8, 2007] 4:45 p.m. EDT The STS-117 crew is at Launch Pad 39A. Commander Sturckow was first to be secured in his seat, followed by pilot Lee Archambault on the flight deck.

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Video Presentation by NASA ARC Center Director Pete Worden Regarding NASA ARC CoLab »» Video Presentation by NASA ARC Center Director Pete Worden Regarding NASA ARC CoLab

[Friday, June 8, 2007] NASA CoLab is a Collaborative Space Exploration Laboratory being developed at NASA. CoLab will provide a framework for exciting partnership ... all projects between the nation’s space program and the thriving technology-entrepreneurial community.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Is Space Station Bound »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Is Space Station Bound

[Friday, June 8, 2007] Cheers and shouts can be heard throughout the Kennedy Space Center as Atlantis roars off the launch pad into a clear blue Florida sky!

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #01 7:30 p.m. CDT Friday, June 8, 2007 »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #01 7:30 p.m. CDT Friday, June 8, 2007

[Friday, June 8, 2007] After reaching orbit, Atlantis' crew began procedures to open the shuttle's payload bay doors and set up computers and other equipment. They also will power up the shuttle's robotic arm to check its operation.

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NASA Office of Communications Planning: NASA Message Construct »» NASA Office of Communications Planning: NASA Message Construct

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] "NASA powers inspiration that encourages future generations to explore, learn, and build a better future."

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Sun's Deep Interior Revealed by New Computer Model; Research Provides Clues »» Sun's Deep Interior Revealed by New Computer Model; Research Provides Clues

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] A new computer model simulates convection patterns in the deep interior of the Sun in unprecedented detail. The patterns, known as giant cells, play a critical role in solar variability, influencing magnetic storms that take aim at Earth.

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Boring Star May Mean Livelier Planet »» Boring Star May Mean Livelier Planet

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] Canada's space telescope, MOST, placed Gleise 581 under a scientific stakeout for about a month and a half, after a planet that might be capable of supporting life was discovered in that system.

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Astronomers Identify The Most Massive Star - Ever »» Astronomers Identify The Most Massive Star - Ever

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] This team has "weighed" a star in a binary system with a mass of 114 times the mass of the Sun, thus breaking the 100 barrier for the first time. Even its companion is no slouch, with 84 solar masses.

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Astronomers find most distant black hole »» Astronomers find most distant black hole

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] A team of astronomers from Canada, France and the United States is announcing the discovery of a record-breaking black hole located nearly 13 billion light years from the Earth.

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Astronomers Search for Quasars with a 'Kick' »» Astronomers Search for Quasars with a 'Kick'

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] A runaway black hole barreling out of a galaxy at more than two billion miles per hour? Evidence of a quick getaway in the aftermath of a massive intergalactic collision? That's just what these astronomers have been searching for.

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Shuttle Atlantis Arrives at Space Station - Crew Boards Station »» Shuttle Atlantis Arrives at Space Station - Crew Boards Station

[Sunday, June 10, 2007] Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-117 crew arrived at the International Space Station at 3:36 p.m. EDT, delivering a new truss segment and crew member to the orbital outpost.

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Two Senior Departures at NASA Headquarters »» Two Senior Departures at NASA Headquarters

[Monday, June 11, 2007] NASA's Associate Administrator for Legislative Affairs Brian Chase and Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison J. T. Jezierski are leaving NASA very soon.

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Astronauts to Add Truss to Station; Spacewalk Set for Afternoon »» Astronauts to Add Truss to Station; Spacewalk Set for Afternoon

[Monday, June 11, 2007] The STS-117 and Expedition 15 crew members will put on their construction hats today to continue the assembly of the International Space Station. They will use the station's robotic arm and conduct a spacewalk to attach and activate a new truss segment.

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STS-117 Spacewalkers Work to Activate Truss »» STS-117 Spacewalkers Work to Activate Truss

[Monday, June 11, 2007] STS-117 Mission Specialists Jim Reilly and John “Danny” Olivas kicked off the mission’s first spacewalk at 4:02 p.m. EDT. The duo is performing tasks necessary to activate the Starboard 3 and 4

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Noted astrobiologist Imre Friedmann has died »» Noted astrobiologist Imre Friedmann has died

[Tuesday, June 12, 2007] Noted astrobiologist Imre Friedmann died yesterday morning. Friedmann guided the developing careers of many of today's leading astrobiologists.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Expands Weightless Flights of Discovery During Second Year in Cooperation With Zero Gravity Corporation »» Northrop Grumman Foundation Expands Weightless Flights of Discovery During Second Year in Cooperation With Zero Gravity Corporation

[Tuesday, June 12, 2007] Northrop Grumman Foundation announced today that it will sponsor the national Weightless Flights of Discovery, an innovative science and engineering education program that incorporates zero gravity flight experiences for teachers.

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International Space Station's P3/P4 Solar Arrays Deploying »» International Space Station's P3/P4 Solar Arrays Deploying

[Tuesday, June 12, 2007] The International Space Station’s new solar arrays are stretching to their full length with the assistance of the STS-117 and Expedition 15 crews. The array is on the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment that was attached to the station Monday.

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NASA Scientist Finds a New Way to the Center of the Earth »» NASA Scientist Finds a New Way to the Center of the Earth

[Tuesday, June 12, 2007] A new NASA study proposes a novel technique to pinpoint more precisely the location of Earth's center of mass and how it moves through space.

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iPod Sighting Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis »» iPod Sighting Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis

[Tuesday, June 12, 2007] If you check this photo taken in Space Shuttle Atlantis' middeck you will see that an iPod and other items such as a bible are velcroed to the cabin wall.

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Astrium rockets into space tourism - Revolutionary space vehicle unveiled »» Astrium rockets into space tourism - Revolutionary space vehicle unveiled

[Wednesday, June 13, 2007] Astrium has unveiled a business jet sized vehicle is designed to carry four passengers 100 km up into space giving more than three minutes of "zero G" or weightlessness.

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International Space Station Gets New Truss Segment »» International Space Station Gets New Truss Segment

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] The International Space Station grew Monday when STS-117 and Expedition 15 crew members attached the Starboard 3 and 4 truss (S3/S4) segment.

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NASA Research Supports Presence of Large Oceans on Early Mars »» NASA Research Supports Presence of Large Oceans on Early Mars

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] NASA-funded astrobiologists at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered evidence supporting the presence of large oceans of liquid water on early Mars.

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Dartmouth undergrad solves long-standing astronomical puzzle »» Dartmouth undergrad solves long-standing astronomical puzzle

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] A team of astronomers has recalculated the explosion date of the Crab Nebula supernova and found agreement between their measurements and the classic date of the 1054 A.D. appearance of a bright "guest star" seen in the constellation Taurus.

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Two more active moons around Saturn »» Two more active moons around Saturn

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] Saturn's moons Tethys and Dione are flinging great streams of particles into space, according to data from Cassini. The discovery suggests the possibility of some sort of geological activity, perhaps even volcanic, on these icy worlds.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Searches for the Origins of Life »» NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Searches for the Origins of Life

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has learned, for the first time, that organic molecules believed to be among life's building blocks, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, can survive another type of harsh setting, an explosion called a supernova.

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #13 Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #13 Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8 p.m. CDT

[Thursday, June 14, 2007] Atlantis and ISS crews today partially retracted a solar array and prepared for the third spacewalk that will focus on repair of a damaged thermal blanket on the shuttle and assisting “on the scene" with additional retraction of the array.

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NASA Dawn Mission Damage Update »» NASA Dawn Mission Damage Update

[Friday, June 15, 2007] On June 11, during a procedure to prepare the Dawn spacecraft for spin-balance testing, the back of a solar array panel was slightly damaged by a technician's tool. There is no impact to the launch date of July 7.

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MESSENGER Team Releases First Images From Venus 2 Flyby »» MESSENGER Team Releases First Images From Venus 2 Flyby

[Friday, June 15, 2007] The first images from MESSENGER's second flyby of Venus are in. MESSENGER flew within 338 kilometers (210 miles) of Venus on June 5, obtaining a gravity assist that shrank the radius of the probe's orbit around the Sun, pulling it closer to Mercury.

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Space Exploration Alliance Completes Successful 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz on Capitol Hill »» Space Exploration Alliance Completes Successful 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz on Capitol Hill

[Friday, June 15, 2007] The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) launched the 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz this week in Washington, DC, meeting with almost 100 members of Congress and their staff members to support the American space program.

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Hidden Planet Pushes Star's Ring a Billion Miles Off-Center »» Hidden Planet Pushes Star's Ring a Billion Miles Off-Center

[Friday, June 15, 2007] A young star's strange elliptical ring of dust likely heralds the presence of an undiscovered Neptune-sized planet, says a University of Rochester astronomer in the latest Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Astronomers Measure Mass of Eris »» Astronomers Measure Mass of Eris

[Friday, June 15, 2007] Hubble and the W.M. Keck Observatory have precisely measured the mass of Eris, the largest member of a new class of dwarf planets in our solar system. Eris is 1.27 times the mass of Pluto.

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NRO Spacecraft In Wrong Orbit »» NRO Spacecraft In Wrong Orbit

[Friday, June 15, 2007] Two top secret NRO ocean surveillance spacecraft were fired into the wrong orbit June 15 when the 200-foot-tall Atlas V rocket they were riding on stopped firing too early in space following launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #15  Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #15 Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10 p.m. CDT

[Saturday, June 16, 2007] The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the ISS improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array.

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Hawaii Authorizes New Space Research Center Planning Simulated Moon Base on Big Island »» Hawaii Authorizes New Space Research Center Planning Simulated Moon Base on Big Island

[Saturday, June 16, 2007] Hawaii lawmakers took a bold step toward independent leadership in space exploration by passing a bill establishing initial funding for a new research and education center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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SpaceX Demo Flight 2  Flight Review Update »» SpaceX Demo Flight 2 Flight Review Update

[Saturday, June 16, 2007] Although eight anomalies have been identified by post-flight data analysis, the upper stage control anomaly was the only known issue that prevented this mission from achieving orbit.

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #17  8 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 16, 2007 »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #17 8 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 16, 2007

[Saturday, June 16, 2007] In a continuing improvement of the onboard Russian computer system, all six channels are now operating in the two Russian command-and-control and the guidance-and-navigation computers that stopped operating three days ago.

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Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Concludes 50th Session in Vienna »» Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Concludes 50th Session in Vienna

[Monday, June 18, 2007] Approves Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines, Workplan for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Proposes Draft Resolution on Registering Space Objects

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Unmated Operations Resume for Successful Orbital Express Mission »» Unmated Operations Resume for Successful Orbital Express Mission

[Monday, June 18, 2007] The nation's first autonomous satellite servicing demonstration has resumed unmated demonstration activities as the successful Orbital Express mission continues its three month mission.

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GAO: Policies Guiding the Dissemination of Scientific Research from Selected Agencies Should Be Clarified and Better Communicated »» GAO: Policies Guiding the Dissemination of Scientific Research from Selected Agencies Should Be Clarified and Better Communicated

[Monday, June 18, 2007] "GAO found that overall NASA's policies, including its recently revised media policy, are clear and should help facilitate dissemination regardless of the dissemination approach used."

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Gravity Probe-B Status June-August 2007 Part I »» Gravity Probe-B Status June-August 2007 Part I

[Monday, June 18, 2007] The 17.3-month flight mission succeeded in collecting all the data needed to carry out this unprecedented, direct experimental test of Einstein's general theory of relativity-his theory of gravity.

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ESA and NASA sign agreement on James Webb Space Telescope and LISA Pathfinder »» ESA and NASA sign agreement on James Webb Space Telescope and LISA Pathfinder

[Monday, June 18, 2007] Today ESA's Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and NASA's Administrator Michael Griffin signed the official agreements that define the terms of the cooperation on the JWST and on the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Pathfinder mission.

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NASA Signs Commercial Space Transportation Agreements »» NASA Signs Commercial Space Transportation Agreements

[Monday, June 18, 2007] Through three new Space Act agreements, NASA is expanding cooperation with companies interested in commercializing access to space. The companies are developing capabilities to transport goods and people to low Earth orbit.

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NASA Ames Research Center K10 Rovers to Visit Haughton Crater on Devon Island »» NASA Ames Research Center K10 Rovers to Visit Haughton Crater on Devon Island

[Monday, June 18, 2007] The rovers will conduct a comprehensive site survey of the "Drill Hill" area using a 3D lidar (for topographic mapping) and the JPL CRUX ground-penetrating radar (for subsurface mapping).

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NOAA Satellites Ready for Active Hurricane Season »» NOAA Satellites Ready for Active Hurricane Season

[Monday, June 18, 2007] With an active Atlantic hurricane season expected for 2007, NOAA’s high-powered satellites are ready to send forecasters a steady stream of crisp, detailed images, and other important data, of any storm that develops in the Western Hemisphere.

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #21  Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:30 p.m. CDT »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #21 Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:30 p.m. CDT

[Monday, June 18, 2007] Crews aboard Atlantis and the ISS bid farewell to one another and closed the hatches between their spacecraft at 5:51 p.m. today in preparation for the shuttle's departure Tuesday morning at 9:42 a.m.

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #22  6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 19, 2007 »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #22 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 19, 2007

[Tuesday, June 19, 2007] The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis woke up this morning with the hatch to the International Space Station closed and only hours left before undocking for the two-day trip back to Earth.

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ESA seeks candidates for simulated 'Missions to Mars' in 2008/2009 »» ESA seeks candidates for simulated 'Missions to Mars' in 2008/2009

[Tuesday, June 19, 2007] ESA is preparing for future human exploration missions to Mars. We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a 520-day simulated Mars mission.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks From Space Station »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks From Space Station

[Tuesday, June 19, 2007] STS-117's constructive stay at the International Space Station came to a close today when space shuttle Atlantis undocked. The two spacecraft parted ways at 10:42 a.m. EDT as they flew over the Coral Sea northeast of Australia.

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NASA and the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge Partner to Promote Science Literacy »» NASA and the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge Partner to Promote Science Literacy

[Tuesday, June 19, 2007] NASA and The Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge announced a partnership to improve science literacy in America by integrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) vocabulary into the nation's premier vocabulary competition.

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Comments by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale before the Colorado Space Coalition Biannual Congressional and Industry Roundtable »» Comments by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale before the Colorado Space Coalition Biannual Congressional and Industry Roundtable

[Tuesday, June 19, 2007] "Regardless of who flies to the Moon and beyond, space exploration would not move forward without Colorado. Colorado has the Nation's third-largest space economy in terms of employment. "

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NASA Plans Update to Discuss Station Lab Report »» NASA Plans Update to Discuss Station Lab Report

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] NASA has scheduled a media teleconference for Monday, June 25, at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss a plan to use the U.S. segment of the International Space Station as a national laboratory.

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Back on Track - New Technique for Observing Faint Companions »» Back on Track - New Technique for Observing Faint Companions

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] Observing the image of a faint object that lies close to a star is a demanding task as the object is generally hidden in the glare of the star. Thanks to a new ESO imaging spectrograph, this is now feasible.

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Black Holes Aren't »» Black Holes Aren't

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] "Nothing there," is what Case Western Reserve University physicists concluded about black holes after spending a year working on complex formulas to calculate the formation of new black holes

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Spirit's Solar Panels Get A Spring Cleaning »» Spirit's Solar Panels Get A Spring Cleaning

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] Spirit got a second spring cleaning on Mars with a dust-cleaning event that increased power from the rover's solar arrays by 120 watt-hours. Spirit previously experienced dust-lifting winds in 2005.

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ISS/Alpha/Freedom - A Space Station Spreading Its Wings At Last »» ISS/Alpha/Freedom - A Space Station Spreading Its Wings At Last

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] Some of the pictures coming back from space today have a special significance for me, and, as I correctly anticipated, a number of my friends who have also worked on the space station program over the years - regardless of which name it is/was called.

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Email from CSA President and CEO Boisvert Regarding Canadian Space Agency's Organization »» Email from CSA President and CEO Boisvert Regarding Canadian Space Agency's Organization

[Wednesday, June 20, 2007] "Last month I undertook a reorganisation to streamline the Executive Committee and corporate structure. As a result we now have simpler and more effective decision-making processes."

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NASA STS-117 Status Report #26  5 a.m. CDT Thursday, June 21, 2007 »» NASA STS-117 Status Report #26 5 a.m. CDT Thursday, June 21, 2007

[Thursday, June 21, 2007] The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are just hours away from an anticipated landing in Florida to conclude a nearly 13-day mission to deliver new electrical generation capacity for expansion of the International Space Station.

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X PRIZE Foundation Announces Competitors for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge »» X PRIZE Foundation Announces Competitors for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

[Thursday, June 21, 2007] A real rocket race is on the horizon with the return of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge - the centerpiece of the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup and Holloman Air and Space Expo.

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Poor Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing »» Poor Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing

[Thursday, June 21, 2007] The STS-117 crew is getting an extra day in space thanks to poor weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Space shuttle Atlantis has four landing opportunities available Friday, with the first at 2:16 p.m. EDT in Florida.

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NASA Prepares for Performing New Science on the Moon »» NASA Prepares for Performing New Science on the Moon

[Thursday, June 21, 2007] NASA has selected proposals for future lunar science activities and established two new programs that will enhance research made possible by the Vision for Space Exploration.

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NASA Liquid-Mirror Telescope on Moon Might See Deeper Back in Time »» NASA Liquid-Mirror Telescope on Moon Might See Deeper Back in Time

[Thursday, June 21, 2007] Someday, astronauts on the moon may pour liquid onto a disc-shaped mesh to make a huge mirror for a powerful telescope, according to a technical article just made public.

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Mars Science Laboratory Rover Laser Tool Ready for Testing »» Mars Science Laboratory Rover Laser Tool Ready for Testing

[Friday, June 22, 2007] When the JPL-NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover launches in 2009, it will carry this combination laser-telescope unit and enable the gadget-packed rover to know a great deal about rocks in its general vicinity.

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NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Nap Before You Sleep »» NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Nap Before You Sleep

[Friday, June 22, 2007] "Since I last wrote in mid-May, New Horizons has continued its traverse down the magnetotail of Jupiter. That final phase of our Jupiter flyby science will conclude tomorrow, on June 21."

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Space Shuttle Atlantis to Land in California »» Space Shuttle Atlantis to Land in California

[Friday, June 22, 2007] Mission control has given a go for landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Kennedy Space Center was waved off as the landing site due to continuing weather concerns. After a 2:43 p.m. EDT deorbit burn, Atlantis is targeted to land at 3:49 p.m.

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Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Statement for COPUOS »» Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Statement for COPUOS

[Friday, June 22, 2007] The SGAC has been given an opportunity to provide the perspective of the space generation – students and young space professionals from around the world – to the process of producing a vision for the next 50 years of space exploration.

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Scientists ponder plant life on extrasolar planets »» Scientists ponder plant life on extrasolar planets

[Friday, June 22, 2007] When we think of extrasolar Earth-like planets, the first tendency is to imagine weird creatures like Jar Jar Binks, Chewbacca, and, if those are not bizarre enough, maybe even the pointy-eared Vulcan, Spock, of Star Trek fame.

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Computer models suggest planetary and extrasolar planet atmospheres »» Computer models suggest planetary and extrasolar planet atmospheres

[Friday, June 22, 2007] New computer models, from both Earth-based spectroscopy and space mission data, are providing space scientists compelling evidence for a better understanding of planetary atmospheric chemistry.

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Hubble Images Help Prepare for Spacecraft Visit to Vesta and Ceres »» Hubble Images Help Prepare for Spacecraft Visit to Vesta and Ceres

[Friday, June 22, 2007] These Hubble Space Telescope images of Vesta and Ceres show two of the most massive asteroids in the asteroid belt, a region between Mars and Jupiter. The images are helping astronomers plan for the Dawn spacecraft's tour of these hefty asteroids. 

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New View of Doomed Star, Eta Carinae »» New View of Doomed Star, Eta Carinae

[Friday, June 22, 2007] These Hubble Space Telescope images of Vesta and Ceres show two of the most massive asteroids in the asteroid belt, a region between Mars and Jupiter. The images are helping astronomers plan for the Dawn spacecraft's tour of these hefty asteroids. 

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands in California »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands in California

[Friday, June 22, 2007] STS-117 Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault landed space shuttle Atlantis at 3:49 p.m. at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Rep. Rohrabacher Requests Hearing To Assess Near Earth Objects Threat »» Rep. Rohrabacher Requests Hearing To Assess Near Earth Objects Threat

[Monday, June 25, 2007] Rep. Rohrabacher sent a letter to Rep. Mark Udall, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, requesting a hearing to examine the United States' ability to track Near Earth Objects that potentially pose a significant threat to the planet.

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NASA to Use Fortune 1000 Firms to Hit Small Business Goal With New SBA Policy, Says American Small Business League »» NASA to Use Fortune 1000 Firms to Hit Small Business Goal With New SBA Policy, Says American Small Business League

[Monday, June 25, 2007] A new Small Business Administration policy set to take effect on June 30th will allow NASA to continue to count contracts to Fortune 1000 firms towards their federally mandated 23 percent small business contracting goal.

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NASA Deputy Administrator's Blog Jun 15, 2007 »» NASA Deputy Administrator's Blog Jun 15, 2007

[Tuesday, June 26, 2007] "There is so much that goes on at headquarters and I want to be able to pull the curtain back on at least some of it and also explain what is going on with new initiatives."

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NASA Deputy Administrator's Blog Jun 25, 2007 »» NASA Deputy Administrator's Blog Jun 25, 2007

[Tuesday, June 26, 2007] "I was in Colorado and Arizona on June 17-20. I will write more about my meetings there in my next entry. ... the main purpose has been to focus on fiscal year (FY) 2008 appropriations for NASA."

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NASA Teleconference to Discuss Upcoming Trek for Mars Rover »» NASA Teleconference to Discuss Upcoming Trek for Mars Rover

[Tuesday, June 26, 2007] NASA will hold a teleconference to discuss the scientific reasoning and risks related to the Mars rover Opportunity's planned descent into the massive "Victoria Crater." Opportunity has been exploring layered rocks in cliffs around the Martian crater.

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NASA's New Gamma Ray Satellite Currently Lodging in a Comfortable 'Clean Room' »» NASA's New Gamma Ray Satellite Currently Lodging in a Comfortable 'Clean Room'

[Wednesday, June 27, 2007] NASA's Gamma ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) awaits its launch in December this year and is currently living in a "clean room" at General Dynamics in Gilbert, Ariz., while it's being checked and tested.

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Radioactive iron, a window to the stars »» Radioactive iron, a window to the stars

[Wednesday, June 27, 2007] ESA's orbiting gamma-ray observatory, Integral, has made a pioneering unequivocal discovery of radioactive iron-60 in our galaxy that provides powerful insight into the workings of massive stars that pervade and shape it.

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Earth as a Classroom »» Earth as a Classroom

[Wednesday, June 27, 2007] In July 2007 several hundred students will get look over the shoulder of space researchers at a remote research base in the Canadian arctic. The place: Devon Island, a place many call "Mars on Earth".

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Cornell and NAIC search for funding to keep Arecibo's radar alive »» Cornell and NAIC search for funding to keep Arecibo's radar alive

[Thursday, June 28, 2007] Since the Arecibo radar system may lose all its funding from NSF as soon as next year, Cornell astronomer Joseph Burns quips, "Let's hope that we find all the dangerous asteroids in the next few months."

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Scientists find that Earth and Mars are different to the core »» Scientists find that Earth and Mars are different to the core

[Thursday, June 28, 2007] Research comparing silicon samples from Earth, meteorites and planetary materials, published in Nature (28th June 2007), provides new evidence that the Earth's core formed under very different conditions from those that existed on Mars.

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NASA Satellite Captures First View of 'Night-Shining' Clouds »» NASA Satellite Captures First View of 'Night-Shining' Clouds

[Friday, June 29, 2007] A NASA satellite has captured the first occurrence this summer of mysterious iridescent polar clouds that form 50 miles above Earth's surface.

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Technical Societies Call for Increase to NASA Budget »» Technical Societies Call for Increase to NASA Budget

[Friday, June 29, 2007] Leaders from 11 professional science and engineering societies called on Congress today to boost NASA’s fiscal year 2008 budget or risk losing the nation’s scientific and engineering primacy.

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Subcommittee Continues Look at Status of NASA's Earth Science Programs »» Subcommittee Continues Look at Status of NASA's Earth Science Programs

[Friday, June 29, 2007] On Thursday the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics examined the NASA Fiscal Year 2008 budget request and plans for the Earth science and applications programs.

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NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater »» NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater

[Friday, June 29, 2007] Opportunity is scheduled to begin a descent down a rock-paved slope into massive Victoria Crater. This latest trek carries real risk for the long-lived robotic explorer, but NASA and the Mars Rover science team expect it to provide valuable science.

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