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Forget Mars—NASA ion engine aims for outer planets, deep space

Five years ago NASA began testing an ion engine prototype at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland—48,000 hours later it’s still running and will set a world record for the longest propulsion test in history when deactivated later this month.

Mars probe Phobos-Grunt crashes back to Earth

Moscow - Phobos-Grunt, Russia's Mars probe has fallen back to Earth. Reports indicate that the probe was destroyed over the Pacific Ocean.

Voyager to exit solar system, enter interstellar space in 2016

Pasadena - After leaving planet Earth more than 30 years ago, the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes are reaching the edge of our solar system. By 2016, the spacecraft will break free from our solar system and enter interstellar space.

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