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NASA Glenn Had Key Role in NASA’s 1997 Return to Mars

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On December 4, 1996 a Delta II rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida sending the Mars Pathfinder mission, which included the first Mars rover, on its way to deep space. Pathfinder was NASA’s first return to the Martian surface since the…

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Screening Soon: ‘The Pathfinders’ Trains Lens on Mars

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The era NASA called “Faster, Better, Cheaper” started with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory agreeing to land something on Mars — cheaply — and to do it in a radically different way. The documentary film “The Pathfinders” tells the story of how…

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National Space Club Honors NASA, ULA Delta II Program Team

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The Delta II Program Team from NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and United Launch Alliance (ULA) received The Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award for 2019 from the National Space Club and Foundation. Tim Dunn, NASA launch director, and Tory Bruno,…

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MAVEN Continues Mars Exploration Begun 50 Years Ago by Mariner 4

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When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrived at the Red Planet on Sept. 21, it marked the continuation of exploration of one of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbors that began 50 years ago. In 1964, the Mariner…

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Mars Pathfinder Winds Down After Phenomenal Mission

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After operating on the surface of Mars three times longer than expected and returning a tremendous amount of new information about the red planet, NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission is winding down.

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Mars Pathfinder Lands on Mars

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Mars Pathfinder successfully landed on the surface of Mars at 10:07:25 a.m. Pacific time, marking NASA's historic return to the red planet after more than 20 years.

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