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Mars Odyssey Orbiter Repositioned to Observe Possible Water Processes on Martian Surface

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.—in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colo.—recently fired up the thrusters on the space agency’s longest-serving Mars explorer in an attempt to study the planet’s surface during Martian dawn. Mars [...]

South Korea's First SAR Earth-Imaging Satellite to Launch Thursday Atop Dnepr Rocket

At the Yasny launch site, South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 satellite undergoes final checkout, ahead of its scheduled flight atop a Dnepr rocket on Thursday, 22 August. Photo Credit: Kosmotras

South Korea’s first dedicated satellite to utilize Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Earth observations and environmental monitoring is scheduled to fly from the Yasny launch site, [...]

Scientists Create 3-D Image of Underground River Channels on Mars

This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Sapienza University of Rome/Smithsonian Institution/USGS

Using images captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) over the last few years, scientists have [...]

Cassini Finds Expansive River System on Titan

This is an image of a small section of the much larger river system discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI

Saturn’s moon Titan continues to amaze scientists and onlookers. Titan is the only planetary body, besides Earth, known to have a stable liquid environment on its surface. [...]

One Year To Launch: MAVEN Spacecraft Prepares For NASA's Next Mars Mission

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. Image Credit: Corby Waste/NASA JPL

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA’s Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and its interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. Image [...]

India Launches RISAT-1 For Remote Sensing, Surveillance

A rare image of the full Indian RISAT-1 radar satellite shows technicians unfolding the 20 x 6 ft. radar antenna as viewed from its gold insulated back side. Spacecraft bus with electronics is large box at top here (but aft in flight) that will sprout solar arrays spanning about 40 ft. Compare with graphic [...]

ULA Launches Delta IV Medium With NROL-25

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully carried its NRO payload to orbit at 4:12 p.m. PDT. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / United Launch Alliance

The skies of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California trembled from the roar of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ 5, 2 rocket. The payload for [...]

India’s New Space Radar More EarthSat Than ReconSat

 

ISRO says computer graphic is true to 3,900 lb. RISAT-1 design, although it has released no pictures. Imaging radar panel is 6 x 20 ft. while solar arrays span about 40 ft. Photo Credit: ISRO

India’s new imaging radar satellite (above) is undergoing final testing prior to launch in mid April on an [...]