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NASA prototype moon lander explodes

NASA's unmanned Morpheus lander erupted into a ball of flame when it hit the ground during its first free-flight test today.

Aug. 9, 2012


NASA's Morpheus moon lander crashes and burns

The experimental "green" lander fell to the ground in a ball of flames at Kennedy Space Center today. No one was injured, and NASA said the accident was caused by a hardware failure.

By Aug. 9, 2012


NASA tests newest free-flying robotic lander: Mighty Eagle

Equipped with automated rendezvous and capture technology, the new vehicle can locate and rendezvous with the target.

By Aug. 16, 2012


Mars lander, come in please (images)

The Odyssey orbiter will listen for radio signals from the Phoenix lander, which confirmed that there's water on Mars--and which NASA hasn't heard from since November 2008.

11 Images By Jan. 18, 2010


Astrobotic, CMU build lunar lander in X Prize bid

As part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, a Carnegie Mellon University team plans to send a robot to investigate the Apollo 11 landing site.

By Jun. 15, 2011


NASA's Phoenix Mars lander damaged, down for count

Phoenix, apparently damaged by ice buildups during harsh Martian winter, has not phoned home during fly-overs, ending hopes for additional science with the lander.

By May. 24, 2010


Mars lander gets a solid start

First images to arrive from Mars show the Red Planet's pebbly surface and that the lander's solar panels unfolded as planned.

By May. 26, 2008


Mars Phoenix Lander completes its mission

After more than five months on the Red Planet, the Phoenix Lander shut itself down earlier this month due to lack of sunlight to fuel its solar-powered batteries.

By Nov. 10, 2008


NASA extends Mars lander mission, search for water

When it was published, this story misstated the Phoenix's distance from Earth, and mischaracterized the vehicle. It is a lander, and it touched down 200 million miles from Earth.

By Jul. 31, 2008


NASA extends Mars lander mission, search for water

Space agency scientists say that the Mars Phoenix Lander mission has been going so well that it plans to extend the lander's stay through the end of September, instead of August. The cost: $2 million.

By Jul. 31, 2008