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Mars Mission Instrument Package Delivered
2012-11-17 05:25:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The remote sensing instrument package that will be a key part of an upcoming NASA mission investigating how Mars could have lost its atmosphere is ready for integration into the spacecraft. The $20 million package -- which was built at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and includes the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS), its electronic control box, the Remote...

Melt Water On The Red Planet Could Support Life
2012-11-16 16:47:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Though Mars is 140 million miles away, it shares some similarities with Earth. Some of its landforms, for existence, closely resemble regions found here on Earth. It is by researching these similar landforms and landscapes that researchers are able to gather some assumptions about how these martian landscapes were formed. If the two areas look the same, perhaps they were created in the same way as well. Dr. Andreas...

Mars Rover Experiences Dust Devil
2012-11-15 14:44:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Thursday during a teleconference that its Curiosity rover has experienced its first whirlwind on Mars. Although the rover did not snap a photo of the whirlwind, Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) was able to help detect the dust devil. REMS detected brief dips in air pressure, along with a change in wind direction, leading NASA scientists to determine that there was a whirlwind passing by...

Curiosity Samples The Martian Atmosphere
2012-11-02 13:36:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said on Friday that its Curiosity rover has helped determine Mars' atmosphere is 100 times thinner than Earth's. Curiosity has been performing scientific experiments while positioned at "Rocknest," a site near Gale Crater. While parked, the rover has ingested and analyzed samples of the atmosphere. Findings from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments onboard Curiosity suggest that a loss of a fraction of the atmosphere...

Climate Models Work For Mars Too
2012-10-17 10:56:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study, scientific modeling methods that predicated climate change on Earth can also be used on Mars as well. Researchers from Planetary Science Institute in Tucson report they have found that an unusual concentration of glacial features on Mars matches predictions made by global climate computerized models, in terms of age and location. "Some public figures imply that modeling of global climate change on Earth is...

Mars Orbiter Sees 'Dry Ice' Snow On Mars
2012-09-12 04:45:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although lately it has been snapping images of Curiosity and its landing remnants, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data has given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon dioxide snowfalls on Mars. Frozen carbon dioxide, or "dry ice," requires temperatures of about negative 193 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered colder than needed for freezing water. Carbon dioxide snow reminds scientists that although some parts...

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2012-09-06 16:22:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have dated climate history for Mars for the first time. The ice caps on Mars' poles are miles thick, composed of ice and dust and contain layers that can be seen in cliffs and valley slopes. The layers are believed to reflect past climate on Mars, in the same way that Earth's climate history can be seen from the ice caps on Greenland and Antarctica. The scientists were able to...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.