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Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

February 24, 2018 starjunkie 0

NASA’s Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it was built and tested, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it will become the […]

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CloudSat Exits the ‘A-Train’

February 24, 2018 starjunkie 0

MISSION STATUS REPORT Mission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this week lowered the orbit of the nearly 12-year-old CloudSat satellite following the loss of one of its reaction wheels, which control […]

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Mars Orbiter on Precautionary Standby Status

February 22, 2018 starjunkie 0

MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER MISSION STATUS REPORT NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb. 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. The […]

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Farewell to a Pioneering Pollution Sensor

February 16, 2018 starjunkie 0

On Jan. 31, NASA ended the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer’s (TES) almost 14-year career of discovery. Launched in 2004 on NASA’s Aura spacecraft, TES was the first instrument designed to monitor ozone in the lowest layers […]