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Mickey Mouse on Mercury
2012-09-19 12:08:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending the last year-and-a-half orbiting Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is revealing new information about the planet that lies closest to the sun. New x-ray data from the space probe shows that the planet contains high levels of magnesium and sulfur on its surface, making its composition quite different than that of other planets. MESSENGER's X-ray spectrometer shows a planet whose northern volcanic plains formed...

NASA Releases Last Images Of Dawn Spacecraft Visit With Vesta Asteroid
2012-09-12 14:31:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As NASA's Dawn mission spacecraft speeds away from the giant asteroid Vesta, mission control has released two parting views using images that were among the last taken by Dawn. One set of images is a color-coded relief map of Vesta's northern hemisphere, from the pole to the equator. It incorporates images taken as Dawn began to creep over the high northern latitudes of Vesta. These were dark when Dawn arrived in June 2011. The...

2012-09-12 07:26:51

Late last week, the Planetary Data System (PDS) released data collected during MESSENGER's seventh through twelfth month in orbit around Mercury. PDS archives and distributes all of NASA's planetary mission data. With this release, images and measurements are now available to the public for the second full Mercury solar day of MESSENGER orbital operations. NASA requires that all of its planetary missions archive data in the PDS, an active archive that makes available well-documented,...

Dawn Departs Giant Asteroid Vesta
2012-09-06 05:38:04

[ Watch the Video: Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta and is on its way to the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn mission, supposed to last nearly a decade, has been on a journey to study Vesta and Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted early in the history of the solar system. Both speak to conditions and processes present in the early...

GRAIL Moon Mission Begins Science Phase
2012-09-02 06:27:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The data collection phase for NASA's pair of lunar-orbiting Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has officially commenced, the US space agency announced on Friday. The lone scientific instrument on board the GRAIL orbiters was activated Thursday at 12:28pm EDT (9:28am PDT), when the twin vehicles were located 19 miles (30 kilometers) above the Ocean of Storms, according to officials from NASA's...

NASA Planning New Mars Mission For 2016
2012-08-21 04:48:31

Video: Digging Deep with NASA´s Next Mars Lander | Video: InSight Mission — Animation of Spacecraft April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Monday the selection of a new Discovery-class mission that will further NASA's exploration of our solar system. This will be the 12th in the Discovery-class mission series. Journalists from across the nation participated in a question and answer session, with many more listening in to the streaming...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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