NASA Troubleshooting Problem with Mars Rover Drill

By Irene Klotz SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 – NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity has halted its trek up a mountain filled with potentially habitable niches for life while engineers troubleshoot a problem with one of its key instruments, scientists said on Tuesday. Curiosity landed on Mars four years ago to determine if the planet most like

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Multinational Crew Leaves Space Station, Returns to Earth

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 30 – A joint U.S., Russian and Japanese crew left the International Space Station on Saturday aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule and landed back on Earth, leaving behind three crew mates who arrived at the orbiting outpost just last week. Station commander Anatoly Ivanishin, with the Russian space

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Spacewalkers Prepare Station for Space Taxi Parking Spots

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters)  Two U.S. astronauts wrapped up nearly seven hours of electrical work and maintenance chores outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, part of an ongoing upgrade to prepare the outpost for new commercial space taxis. Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren left the station’s airlock around 1230 GMT, the

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