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Mars Surface Radiation Suitable Manned Mission
2013-12-10 15:24:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Newly released data from the Curiosity rover indicate that Martian radiation levels are very close to being acceptable for future manned missions to the surface of the Red Planet. While the Curiosity rover spent its first 300 days cruising around the planet’s Gale Crater gathering soil samples and examining rock structures, the onboard Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) was making detailed recording of the radiation found on the...

NASA Runs Three Mass Spectrometers In Three Different Places In Space
2013-12-06 17:21:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said that three of its instruments built at the Goddard Space Flight Center were all running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space. The mass spectrometers are designed to take in atmospheric, rock or soil samples and identify particular molecules in them. The instruments help identify gases in atmospheric samples or gases that get released from rock or soil samples as they are processed. “At the...

NASA Vespr Rocket To Study Venus Atmosphere
2013-11-26 11:12:52

[ Watch the Video: NASA Sounding Rocket To Have A Look At Venus ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA rocket being sent up to study the atmosphere of Venus is slated for launch on Monday; just seven days after the space agency launched a probe to study the Martian atmosphere. While the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Venus Spectral Rocket (VeSpR) lifted off from White...

A Peek Into Mars Past
2013-11-14 11:41:34

[ Watch The Video: The Evolution Of Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a new video showing how its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be able to look back at the history of the Red Planet. Mars is a cold and barren dessert with red soil and little atmosphere. However, scientists believe that billions of years ago this planet could have not only had a thick atmosphere, but was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water....

Curiosity Sampling Confirms Earth Meteorites Are From Mars
2013-10-16 16:04:54

[ Watch the Video: Martian Roots In Many Meteorites ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has proven some of the meteorites discovered have indeed come from the Red Planet, according to a new study published by the American Geophysical Union. A new measurement of Mars' atmosphere by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows two forms of argon gas. The lighter and heavier forms, or isotopes, of argon exist naturally throughout...

What Are Clouds On Mars Like?
2013-10-08 04:34:52

[ Watch the Video: Simulating Martian Clouds ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The clouds on Mars, at first glance, might be easily mistaken for those on Earth. NASA's Opportunity rover returned images of the Martian sky with gauzy, high-altitude wisps that are similar to our cirrus clouds. These clouds most likely consist of either carbon dioxide or water-based ice crystals, given what scientists currently understand about the Martian atmosphere. However,...

Mars Hopper instead of rover
2013-09-24 12:36:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most of us are familiar with the name "Hopper" as Dish Network's DVR box, but soon enough we may know it as the newest resident on Mars. A team from Leicester University and the Astrium space company is proposing an idea for a new Martian rover that would hop from location to location, rather than move around on wheels like conventional rovers. The Mars hopper would be a rocket-propelled vehicle capable of traveling a half-mile or...

mars lacks methane
2013-09-20 03:50:39

[ Watch the Video: Curious Case Of Methane On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new finding using data obtained from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed that the Red Planet's environment lacks methane. Previous data reported by scientists indicated that methane was present on Mars, but the latest evidence derived from extensive tests by the rover shows the planet lacks traces of the gas. Finding methane would be a big indicator for scientists looking to...

Mars Atmosphere
2013-07-18 16:00:41

[ Watch the Video: Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has helped bring in some new insights about how Mars lost its original atmosphere. Scientists believe the original Martian atmosphere was much thicker than it is today, leading many to wonder how it became so thin. The Mars Curiosity laboratory has provided some clues into this mystery, which scientists recently reported about in the journal Science....


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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