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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 August 16, 2012


NASA's next generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers (pictures)

Free-flying robotic lander successfully demonstrates NASA's advanced automated rendezvous and capture technology.

5 Images August 16, 2012


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.

August 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 August 9, 2012


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 June 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, 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 January 18, 2010


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 November 10, 2008


Armadillo Aerospace tries again for $2 million lunar lander challenge

Ten teams, including Doom creator John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace, sign up once again to compete in the NASA-sponsored Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, a contest to simulate a moon landing in the New Mexico desert.

By August 5, 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 July 31, 2008