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Mars Curiosity

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Cente

Last night many of us watched in anticipation as Mars Curiosity made its way through the infamous “7 minutes of terror” as it plummeted toward the surface of Mars. We held our breath, waiting to hear the “heart beat” or … Continue reading

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Marooned Russian Mars mission will end in reentry soon

Marooned Russian Mars mission will end in reentry soon

For the third time since September, eyes will be pointed skyward in early 2012 as yet another satellite falls to Earth. This time it is a Russian spacecraft—Phobos-Grunt—that became marooned in Low Earth Orbit when its Earth-escape engines failed to … Continue reading

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A better Mars atmosphere model

An STK simulation of the MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Have you ever been in the middle of designing your latest Mars mission in STK when it strikes you that, although there are about a dozen detailed models for the Earth’s atmosphere, the red planet only gets a simple exponential … Continue reading

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