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Mars orbiter images reveal Beagle 2 lander
Posted: Sat, Jan 17 8:04 AM ET (1304 GMT)
Beagle 2 discovery image (HiRISE/JPL/NASA/Parker/Leicester) Images from a NASA spacecraft show that the UK's Beagle 2 lander, lost since it arrived at Mars in late 2003, did appear to land intact but did not fully deploy afterwards. Officials with the UK Space Agency released on Friday images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which show an object on the surface in the expected landing area that appears to be Beagle 2. The images indicate that the small spacecraft did land intact, contrary to previous fears, but did not fully deploy its solar panels and antenna afterwards, and thus could not communicate with Earth. Beagle 2 flew to Mars as a secondary payload with ESA's Mars Express orbiter, and was scheduled to land on Mars on Christmas Day of 2003. Controllers never heard from the spacecraft after the scheduled landing time, leading to speculation that the spacecraft crashed.


Curiosity detects methane "spikes" in Martian atmosphere
Posted: Wed, Dec 17 7:41 AM ET (1241 GMT)
Curiosity self portrait, June 2014 (NASA) NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected short-lived increases in methane concentrations in the Martian atmosphere, although scientists cautioned this does not mean the methane is produced by life. An instrument on Curiosity measured two spikes in the concentration of methane in the atmosphere, ten times above usual levels; the methane concentrations decayed within months. Scientists said the methane source must be localized, but have no data on what could be causing the methane release. Methane on Mars could be produced by microbes living below the Martian surface, but also through geological processes like the interaction of minerals with water.


Curiosity data shows Gale Crater once a lake
Posted: Wed, Dec 10 8:31 AM ET (1331 GMT)
Data collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has led scientists to conclude that the crater the rover is exploring was once a lake whose...


Comet flyby created Martian meteor shower
Posted: Sun, Nov 9 6:39 PM ET (2339 GMT)
The closely flyby of a comet to Mars last month created an "impressive" meteor shower in the planet's atmosphere, according to data from several...


Mars spacecraft survive comet flyby
Posted: Wed, Oct 22 7:53 AM ET (1153 GMT)
Spacecraft from the United States, Europe, and India all reported no problems after a comet passed within 140,000 kilometers of Mars this week. Comet...





Saturday, February 28
2 UCF students dream of 1-way tickets to Mars
Orlando Sentinel — 7:30 am ET (1230 GMT)
Niamh's dream to go to space
Irish Independent — 7:14 am ET (1214 GMT)
USU professor warns of Mars One realities
Logan (UT) Herald-Journal — 7:11 am ET (1211 GMT)
Color Controversies Started With Mars, Not With #TheDress
NBCNews.com — 6:31 am ET (1131 GMT)

Friday, February 27
Curiosity Snaps Expansive Selfie, Sets Next Drill Campaign
AmericaSpace — 7:52 pm ET (0052 GMT)
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover To Dig-and-Ditch Its Samples
Space News — 7:37 pm ET (0037 GMT)
Brevard man finalist for one-way trip to Mars
Florida Today — 7:12 pm ET (0012 GMT)




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