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Mars Sample Return: bridging robotic and human exploration
The first robotic mission to return samples to Earth from Mars took a further step toward realisation with the recent publication of a mission design report by the iMARS Working Group. The report defines key elements of the future internationally-funded mission involving the cooperation of ESA, NASA and other national agencies. View News Article (2008-07-23)

Researchers call for rethinking efforts to prevent interplanetary contamination
Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive-on Mars.  View News Article (2013-06-27)

Bringing Martian samples to Earth -- preparations outlined in journal Astrobiology
A critical component of NASA's Mars exploration program involves bringing planetary samples back to Earth for in-depth analysis, plans for which are detailed in the latest issue of Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The report is available free online at View News Article (2008-08-14)

European meeting in Athens fuels future space exploration missions to Mars, Moon
A European Science Foundation (ESF)-led workshop sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) has enabled 88 scientists from 11 European countries to agree on science goals for future Europe's planetary exploration programme; providing the continent with an ambitious roadmap to examine Mars and the Moon. View News Article (2007-06-01)

Mineral discovery explains Mars' landscape
A Queen's University researcher has discovered a mineral that could explain the mountainous landscape of Mars, and have implications for NASA's next mission to the planet. View News Article (2006-10-24)

Human exploration of the Moon and Mars
These are exciting times for space exploration. For the first time in a generation, human missions beyond Earth orbit are being seriously considered by space agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Europe has initiated the Aurora programme, with the ultimate aim of landing people on Mars by 2033, while the U.S. has recently redirected its human space activities towards a return to the Moon. On... View News Article (2004-03-24)

Mars Explorers Wanted - No Experience Necessary
The University of Kent's Electronics Department is offering school pupils an opportunity to learn about robotics and the design of intelligent systems in a three-day residential summer school to be held from 2-4 August. Walking with Robots will bring together 80 young people on the Canterbury campus to meet and learn from leaders of the robotics education community. They will develop team working... View News Article (2003-05-13)

ESA sets the date for Mars Express launch
Just before midnight on 2 June (23:45 local time, 19:45 CET) a Soyuz rocket operated by Starsem will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and Mars Express will be on its way. The spacecraft was given the green light to launch following completion of a successful flight readiness review on 3 May. The Mars Express launch window opens on 23 May and lasts only four weeks. However, just before the... View News Article (2003-05-05)

Possible evidence found for Beagle 2 location
The news that Beagle 2 may have been spotted on the surface of Mars in the immediate vicinity of where it was expected to land was welcomed by the European Space Agency. View News Article (2005-12-22)

Earth Microbes May Contaminate the Search for Life on Mars
Bacteria common to spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate Mars with terrestrial life according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. View News Article (2010-04-28)

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