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Exhumed Rocks Reveal Mars Water Ran Deep


By studying rocks blasted out of impact craters, ESA’s Mars Express has found evidence that underground water persisted at depth for prolonged periods during the first billion years of the Red Planet’s existence.

Impact craters are natural windows into the history of planetary surfaces – the deeper the crater, the further back in time you can probe.

In addition, rocks blasted out during the impact offer a chance to study material that once lay hidden beneath the surface.

Full Story: http://www.esa.int/export/esaSC/SEMKT91VW3H_index_0.html

NASA Adds Orbital’s Antares To Launch Services II Contract


NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions.

The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an opportunity annually for launch service providers not presently under NLS II contract to compete for future missions, and allows launch service providers already under contract to introduce launch vehicles not currently on their NLS II contracts, such as Antares.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jun/HQ_C12-027_NLS_II_mod.html