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Mars goal: nail the landing

Three weeks from Sunday night, an amiable, whip-smart engineer named Ray Baker will be staring into his computer screen at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hopeful and helpless - or, as he puts it, "sweating ...

Jul 16, 2012
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J-2X nozzle extension goes the distance

(Phys.org) -- NASA engineers conducted a 550-second test of the new J-2X rocket engine at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on July 13. The J-2X engine will power the upper-stage of a planned two-stage Space ...

Jul 16, 2012
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J-2X engine continues to set standards

(Phys.org) -- Testing of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine continues to set standards. Last fall, the engine attained 100 percent power in just its fourth test and became the fastest U.S. rocket engine ...

May 28, 2012
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Bringing Mars back to Earth

The search for life should be an essential component of a sample return mission from Mars, according to a recent report examining the science behind such a venture.

Apr 20, 2012
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Finding ET may require giant robotic leap

(Phys.org) -- Autonomous, self-replicating robots -- exobots -- are the way to explore the universe, find and identify extraterrestrial life and perhaps clean up space debris in the process, according to a Penn State engineer, ...

Apr 18, 2012
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