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IceBreaker: The Search for Life on Mars

Van Kane • September 08, 2015 • 3

The IceBreaker mission, proposed to NASA's Discovery program for low-cost missions, would seek out life on the northern plains of Mars.

CubeSats to the Moon

Casey Dreier • September 02, 2015 • 1

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

Outer Planet News

Van Kane • August 25, 2015 • 6

NASA's Outer Planet Analysis Group is currently meeting to hear the agency's current plans and to provide the feedback of the scientific community on those plans.

MERLIN: The Creative Choices Behind a Proposal to Explore the Martian Moons

Van Kane • August 10, 2015 • 4

Van Kane presents one of the three missions from the latest round of NASA Discovery proposals with the goal of exploring Mars' moons.

Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds

Van Kane • July 27, 2015 • 10

Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Casey Dreier • July 23, 2015 • 16

Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth. The rover's engineering team has proposed a new sampling caching strategy that differs from previous concepts in some interesting ways.

Mars Plans Advance (and Occasionally Fade)

Van Kane • May 08, 2015 • 14

In the last two months, there has been significant news about the European-Russian 2018 mission and about NASA’s 2020 rover. NASA also has announced that it would like to send a new orbiter to the Red Planet in the early 2020s.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015 • 5

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

Discovery Lives

Jason Callahan • April 08, 2015 • 7

Last month teams of scientists from around the United States submitted proposals for the thirteenth mission in NASA’s Discovery program. Jason Callahan discusses this latest round of proposals.

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