August 1, 2008 |
After weeks of testing the soil in the Martian arctic, NASA's Phoenix lander has for the first time confirmed through chemical analysis the presence of water on another planet, scientists said Thursday. Several weeks ago, Phoenix uncovered convincing visual evidence that it had landed on an ice field when it set down on Mars' northern plain May 25.
June 2, 1999 |
A methane-making, oxygen-hating microbe is able to thrive in Mars-like laboratory conditions, according to a researcher who says the experiment raises fresh hope about the possibility of life on the red planet. The microbe, said Timothy A. Kral of the University of Arkansas, "grows just fine and dandy" in a simulated Martian environment that would kill almost every other form of Earth life.
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April 8, 1999 |
They are postcards from Mars--unique vistas of jagged polar icescapes, sand dunes curling like mustachios across blush plains, and layer cakes of rock miles thick hinting at a volcanic fury that may still burn at the heart of the red planet. As it orbited the planet for the past year, the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft sent home 2,000 images from its high-resolution camera.
December 6, 1999 |
Despite its most ingenious efforts, NASA once again failed to rouse the Mars Polar Lander Sunday, making it more likely that an entire flotilla of U.S. Mars explorers--a $356.8-million project involving two major spacecraft and two auxiliary probes--has been lost at the Red Planet this fall.
December 7, 1999 |
Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists controlling the Mars Polar Lander failed early this morning in what was considered the last, best hope for contacting the spacecraft. Beginning at 12:20 a.m. today, flight controllers tried to establish contact with the lander's UHF antenna using a signal relayed through the orbiting Mars Global Explorer. Previous attempts have focused on direct communication using the lander's medium-gain antenna, and controllers hoped the new approach would be successful.
January 4, 1999 |
A Mars lander equipped with a robot arm and shovel rocketed away Sunday on a 470-million-mile quest to uncover frozen water near the planet's South Pole. NASA's Mars Polar Lander took off aboard a Boeing rocket at 3:21 p.m. The rain that managers had feared stayed away, allowing NASA to use the launch window despite an overcast sky. Less than an hour later, the final rocket motor fired, kicking the Polar Lander out of Earth's orbit and putting it on an 11-month course for Mars.
May 6, 1999 |
After vain attempts to free a jammed antenna, the Mars Global Surveyor resumes the mapping of the red planet today in an effort to eke out as much of its original mission as possible. The equipment problems that have crippled the craft's ability to communicate with Earth could eventually cause the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-run mission to lose half the data it was designed to produce, officials said.
October 24, 2001 |
NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft appeared to successfully enter orbit late Tuesday around the Red Planet, where the space agency suffered back-to-back failures on its previous two tries. Engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena received preliminary indication shortly before 8 p.m. that a programmed engine firing had slowed the spacecraft and allowed Mars to capture it into an egg-shaped orbit. Mission control at the lab erupted in cheers. "It's great.
August 13, 2005 |
A school-bus sized spacecraft carrying the largest telescope ever installed in a planetary probe blasted off early Friday morning from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
August 12, 2005 |
NASA postponed the liftoff of a spacecraft to Mars on Thursday after a glitch popped up in the computer software used for monitoring the fueling of the launch rocket. The problem with sensors and software that measure the amount of fuel being loaded into the rocket appeared minutes before liftoff. NASA rescheduled the launch for today, three days after the shuttle Discovery returned to Earth.