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NASA Reschedules Mars InSight Mission for 2018 Launch

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Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.

InSight’s primary goal is to help us understand how rocky planets – including Earth – formed and evolved. The spacecraft had been on track to launch this month until a vacuum leak in its prime science instrument prompted NASA in December to suspend preparations for launch.

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Video: Buzz Aldrin Makes a Pitch for Human Mars Exploration

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Buzz Aldrin talks about the need for human exploration of Mars at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

ExoMars Flight Animation

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Video Caption: Animation visualising milestones during the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission and its cruise to Mars. The mission comprises the Trace Gas Orbiter and an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, which are scheduled to be launched on a four-stage Proton-M/Breeze-M rocket from Baikonur during the 14–25 March 2016 window. About ten-and-a-half hours after launch, the spacecraft will separate from the rocket and deploy its solar wings. Two weeks later, its high-gain antenna will be deployed. After a seven-month cruise to Mars, Schiaparelli will separate from TGO on 16 October. Three days later it will enter the martian atmosphere, while TGO begins its entry into Mars orbit.

NASA Plant Researchers Explore Question of Deep-Space Food Crops

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An artist concept depicts a greenhouse on the surface of Mars. Plants are growing with the help of red, blue and green LED light bars and a hydroponic cultivation approach. (Credit: SAIC)

An artist concept depicts a greenhouse on the surface of Mars. Plants are growing with the help of red, blue and green LED light bars and a hydroponic cultivation approach. (Credit: SAIC)

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By Linda Herridge
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Ray Wheeler, lead for Advanced Life Support Research activities at Kennedy Space Center, holds a red and blue LED light fixture inside a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility. The LED lights recently were used to study the effects of different ratios of red and blue light on plant growth and development. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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House Members Want NASA to Develop Human Space Exploration Roadmap

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Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth's moon. (Credit: NASA)

Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth’s moon. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (House Science Committee PR) – On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Space held a hearing titled,Charting a Course: Expert Perspectives on NASA’s Human Exploration Proposals.” Witnesses shared their viewpoints on NASA’s human space exploration plans – including a human mission to Mars – and the challenge of keeping programs on track through changing presidential administrations.

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Video: Musk Talks About SpaceX, Mars Settlement

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Musk begins talking about SpaceX at 27:48. Hopes to go to space station in five years. Hopes to launch crew to Mars around 2025. Will describe the Mars Colonial Transporter in September at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara. Mexico.

Praise for NASA’s Commercial Cargo Contract Awards

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CSF_logo2Commercial Spaceflight Federation

NASA announced three cargo contract awards to ensure robust and affordable transportation of critical supplies, scientific experiments and commercial payloads to and from the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2024. NASA selected Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and SpaceX to continue and expand upon its successful public-private partnerships with American companies to obtain reliable cargo resupply services for the ISS.

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NASA Year in Review

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — In 2015, NASA explored the expanse of our solar system and beyond, and the complex processes of our home planet, while also advancing the technologies for our journey to Mars, and new aviation systems as the agency reached new milestones aboard the International Space Station.

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UK Report Recommends Deeper Involvement in Space Exploration

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UK_space_agencyA new advisory report recommends the United Kingdom maximize its engagement in an on-going international effort to explore space that includes robotic missions to the moon and Mars.

“The UK Space Exploration Working Group recommends that the United Kingdom takes maximum advantage of the unique opportunities presented by the Global Exploration Strategy. It should play a full and active role in these programmes and the endeavours that will define space exploration in this century.

“Involvement in both robotic and human elements of space exploration should be strategically targeted to develop new capabilities by building on existing UK strengths. Such activities will generate scientific knowledge and return value to the UK economy through technological challenges, innovations and new commercial ventures. Furthermore they will engage British society in the full excitement of space exploration and help to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
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NASA Suspends 2016 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

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Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. The decision follows unsuccessful attempts to repair a leak in a section of the prime instrument in the science payload.

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Musk Wants to Settle Mars Before It’s Too Late

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Elon Musk (Credit: SpaceX)

Elon Musk (Credit: SpaceX)

In a lengthy profile in GQ, Elon Musk there might only be a short window to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars before humanity does something stupid like have a nuclear war. He added that he might reveal details of his “really big” and seemingly “pretty crazy” plan to colonize the Red Planet next year.

First, the urgency of colonizing Mars.

I ask Musk how often he actually thinks about colonizing Mars. Every day? Every week? “I do think about it a fair bit,” he answers, explaining that part of his urgency is that we might not always have the technology to get there. Most of us instinctively assume that technology relentlessly marches forward, but there have been times before now in human history—after the Egyptians built the Pyramids, for instance, or after the multiple advances of the Roman Empire—when the civilizations that followed could no longer do what had been done before, and perhaps there’s a complacency and arrogance in assuming that this won’t happen again.
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Spike to Bring Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy to TV

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red_mars_coverNew York, NY, December 8, 2015Spike is bringing Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy” to television with Skydance Television serving as the studio on the original one-hour scripted series, titled “Red Mars.”

The books, “Red Mars,” “Green Mars,” and “Blue Mars,” chronicles mankind’s colonization and transformation of the red planet, have been adapted in 21 languages and are regarded as the best novels ever written on the subject.

“Red Mars” will be Executive Produced and written by J. Michael Straczynski whose works include “Sense8,” “Babylon Five” and “Changeling.” The straight-to-series project will be Executive Produced by Emmy®-Award winner Vince Gerardis (“Game of Thrones, “Flash Forward”) who brought the project to Spike and has shepherded development, along with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross (Skydance’s 2015 feature films are “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Terminator Genisys” and current television series include “Grace and Frankie” and “Manhattan”).

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NASA Cargo Resupply Decision Set for Next Week

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

On Nov. 5, NASA will announce contracts worth up to $14 billion to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for 2018 until 2024.

Four companies reportedly remain in the Commercial Resupply Services 2 competition: incumbents Orbital ATK and SpaceX, and challengers Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Lockheed Martin has been reportedly eliminated from the competition.

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Snooze on Your Way to Mars

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Mars torpor transport (Credit: SpaceWorks)

Mars torpor transport (Credit: SpaceWorks)

ATLANTA, October 16, 2015 (SpaceWorks PR) — SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is pleased to release its recent findings evaluating the potential of its torpor-technology to enable sending an unprecedented number of passengers on a mission to Mars.

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Launch Pad Repairs Completed on Wallops Island

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An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29 following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket Oct. 28. (Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach)

An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29 following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket Oct. 28. (Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach)

NORFOLK, Va. (Virginia Space PR) – Today, September 30, marks the completion of the major repair work at the Virginia Space – MARS Launch Pad-0A, located on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. This is a significant milestone in support of Orbital ATK resuming cargo resupply service with the upgraded Antares launch vehicle to the International Space Station for NASA.

The rebuild effort restored to flight readiness the facility and all systems that were damaged during the October 28, 2014 launch mishap. This work included repairs or replacement to the Deluge, HVAC, Fire Alarm, Electrical systems, Controls, Liquid Fueling Facilities and any damaged structures. The work was completed as scheduled, and within the overall budget while keeping a small management reserve for final system performance testing, which started September 25, 2015.