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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4577 - December 9, 2016

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/12/09 06:25 CST

Opportunity has begun the ascent of the steep slopes here in the inner wall of Endeavour crater after completion of a survey of outcrops close to the crater floor. The goal now is to climb back to the rim, drive south, and arrive at the next major mission target on the rim before the next Martian winter.

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Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2016/12/09 01:02 CST | 2 comments

Congress stands ready to punt on NASA's budget, meaning the space program will have to operate on a short budgetary leash until April of next year.

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Countdown to the Next NASA Discovery Mission Selection

Posted by Van Kane on 2016/12/08 11:48 CST | 8 comments

If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.

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European Space Agency Announces Budgetary Commitments

Posted by Ruth McAvinia on 2016/12/07 12:31 CST | 2 comments

ESA has committed to continuing its ExoMars programme and participation with the International Space Station, but cut funding for its Asteroid Impact Mission.

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Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/06 08:34 CST | 2 comments

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/05 12:07 CST | 2 comments

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Departs Spirit Mound, Embarks on Toughest Exit Ever

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/12/02 07:55 CST | 1 comment

Opportunity worked along Endeavour Crater's western rim through November, taking pictures, hiking slopes, and finishing work in the depths of Cape Tribulation.

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What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/02 06:01 CST | 9 comments

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.

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TeamIndus Announces Launch Contract with ISRO

Posted by Sandhya Ramesh on 2016/12/01 04:45 CST | 3 comments

TeamIndus, India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, just announced their launch contract with ISRO. If successful, TeamIndus would be the first private company from India to land a craft on an extraterrestrial body.

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ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/01 09:49 CST

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.

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