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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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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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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NASA (July 12, 2013) Caleb: It turns out what we discover ends up leading us to new questions.
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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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Reuters (Jan. 2, 2013) A new study has found that prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation could increase the risk of developing neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. The findings raise questions about the dangers ... watch video
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Feb. 29, 2016 In late November and early December 2015, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission made a series of close approaches to the Martian moon Phobos, collecting data from within ... read more
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
Jan. 8, 2013 Researchers have designed a robotic platform that could take space exploration to new heights. The mission proposed for the platform involves a mother spacecraft deploying one or several spiked, ... read more