American entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, says he wants to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018, but researchers at NASA and Stanford University argue that it may be better to visit the mysterious Martian moon, Phobos first. They're developing a team of robots they call "hedgehogs" to explore Phobos in the belief that a trip to the Martian moon will make a subsequent mission to Mars safer and more productive.
NASA (Nov. 1, 2013) Launch day approaches for NASAs next Mars mission
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AP (Dec. 5, 2014) Orion, the NASA spacecraft designed to travel to asteroids and Mars, completed its first test flight on Friday bringing NASA one step closer to a manned mission to Mars. (Dec. 5)
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Newsy (Sep. 17, 2015) Orion's first manned mission is scheduled for 2021, but problems might delay the launch by a few years. Manned spaceflight is complex and expensive.
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NASA (Nov. 6, 2013) Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for November? MAVEN launches to Mars and Comet ISON should be visible before dawn.
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NASA (Aug. 2, 2013) DC CELEBRATES CURIOSITY HQ
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NASA (Dec. 9, 2013) Hi I'm John Grotzinger. I'm the project scientist for Mars Science Laboratory mission and this is your Curiosity Rover Report.
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Feb. 9, 2016 Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor. Despite being just 250 million light years ... read more
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Nov. 11, 2013 Researchers have helped to confirm the idea that the surface of Phobos contains tons of dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface by large projectile impacts. That means a sample-return ... read more
June 17, 2011 Earlier this month, ESA's Mars Express performed a special maneuver to observe an unusual alignment of Jupiter and the martian moon Phobos. The impressive images of this rare event are now ... read more
Apr. 8, 2011 Assembly and testing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is far enough along that the mission's rover, Curiosity, looks very much as it will when it is investigating ... read more