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View from SpaceShipTwo of its rocket firing

View from SpaceShipTwo of its rocket firing

The view from SpaceShipTwo's tail as her rocket motor fires during her first supersonic flight on April 29, 2013.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo first powered flight

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo first powered flight

SpaceShipTwo fires her rocket motor in flight for the first time in a flight over the Mojave Desert on April 29, 2013.

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Mars One

Mars One

A vision for the Mars One project, whose goal is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2023.

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Comparison of objects in HiRISE image to model images of Mars 3 hardware

Comparison of objects in HiRISE image to model images of Mars 3 hardware

The left column contains cropped segments of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. The right column contains drawings of Mars-3 lander (top), soft-landing backshell rocket unit (second row), and heat shield (third row). The last row contains grayscale and color images of the putative parachute.

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Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface?

Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface?

This is an enlargement of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. It possibly shows the Mars-3 lander's rocket-equipped backshell and the four-petaled soft lander.

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Could This Be the Soviet Mars 3 Lander?

Could This Be the Soviet Mars 3 Lander?

The Soviet Mars 3 lander hardware may have been found by Russian citizen enthusiasts following NASA's Curiosity rover.

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Mars 3

Mars 3

The Mars 2 and 3 rover, which landed on Mars in 1971. This may have been the first rover on Mars! Their range was to be 15 meters from the lander. The rovers moved by using skis set on either side (see photograph). The two thin bars at the front of the lander (if you look closely at the photograph, you'll see the division between them) are sensors to detect obstacles in the rover's path. The vehicle could determine on which side the obstacle lay, step back, change direction and try to go around it. Unfortunately, neither vehicle completed its mission: Mars 2 crash-landed on the planet and Mars 3 ceased transmissions 20 seconds after landing.

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The Mars 3 rover

The Mars 3 rover

The Mars 3 rover may have been the first mobile vehicle to set tread on Mars. Unfortunately, following a successful entry, descent, and landing, the lander operated for only 20 seconds before failure, probably because it was blown over by the wind. This rover may possibly have been deployed before then.

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At the foot of Husband Hill

At the foot of Husband Hill

On sol 182, Spirit looked back at tracks she made at the foot of the Columbia Hills, exploring rocks named "End of the Rainbow," "Pot of Gold," "Jaws," and "Shredded," among others.

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Six Spacecraft in August

Six Spacecraft in August

Six robotic spacecraft as they appeared on or close to August 5, 2012. The images are rendered, with the exception of Venus Express, in NASA's "Eyes on the Solar System" simulator. From top to bottom: MESSENGER at Mercury, Venus Express, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at Earth's moon, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the spacecraft carrying the Curiosity rover just before it landed on Mars, Cassini at Saturn.

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Heat Shield Away!

Heat Shield Away!

The Mars Descent Imager camera captured this remarkable moment: the heat shield separating and falling away from the spacecraft that carried the Curiosity rover as it descended to the surface. There are flying saucers, but they came from Earth to Mars, not the other way around.

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SpaceShipTwo released

SpaceShipTwo released

SpaceShipTwo just after she is released from WhiteKnightTwo for another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.

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SpaceShipTwo released

SpaceShipTwo released

SpaceShipTwo just after she is released from WhiteKnightTwo for another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.

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Gliding past the Moon

Gliding past the Moon

SpaceShipTwo glided past the Moon as she came in to land at the Mojave Spaceport after another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.

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Curiosity Points to Its Landing Site

Curiosity Points to Its Landing Site

A model of Curiosity the day before it departed for Gale Crater, which is found on this globe of Mars just above the model's robotic arm.

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Upward

Upward

An Atlas V rocket lifts the spacecraft carrying the Mars Curiosity rover into the morning sky.

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