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NASA's Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars
2014-10-21 03:29:49

Provided by Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sunday (Oct. 19). Images of comet A1 Siding Spring from the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) are online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18591...

comet visit to mars
2014-10-20 06:36:17

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter were all in good shape following comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s flyby of the Red Planet on Sunday, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion’s Laboratory (JPL) have confirmed. Each of the orbiters had performed a “duck and cover” maneuver to take shelter behind the planet and avoid a period of potential risk due to dust from...

siding spring 2
2014-10-09 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than...

NISAR mission
2014-10-01 04:14:48

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just days after their respective spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars, top officials from NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have signed an agreement vowing to work together on future exploration missions involving the Red Planet, officials at the US space agency have announced. At the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto on Tuesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and ISRO chairman K....

2014-09-30 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency...

mars india
2014-09-24 06:10:06

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE - September 24, 2014, 6:10 a.m. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered orbit around Mars early Wednesday morning (local time), making the country the first Asian nation to successfully reach the Red Planet as well as the first space program to do so on its first attempt, according to Wall Street Journal blogger Joanna Sugden. “As the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on, space...

2014-09-22 00:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars' upper...

mars citizen science
2014-09-20 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community through innovative activities like the Mars Balance Mass Challenge," said NASA Chief Technologist David Miller. "And NASA Solve is a great...

2014-09-12 12:21:12

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The briefing will be held in NASA's Headquarters' auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO...

curiosity new mission
2014-09-12 10:16:34

Guy Webster, DC Agle and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "After a historic and innovative landing along with its...


Latest Exploration of Mars Reference Libraries

4_81f631e16d8d1d35870c180f342c83a12
2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mars -- in astronomy, 4th planet from the sun, with an orbit next in order beyond that of the earth. Physical Characteristics Mars has a striking red appearance, and in its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the sun, it is twice as bright as Sirius, the brightest star. Mars has a diameter of 4,200 mi (6,800 km), just over half the diameter of the earth, and its mass is only 11% of the earth's mass. The planet has a very thin atmosphere consisting...

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