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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...

2012-11-15 16:20:37

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Researchers using the car-sized mobile laboratory have identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked...

Mars Did Have Life-Supporting Water At One Time
2012-11-15 16:16:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters shows that water once existed on Mars that was sufficiently warm enough to support life. University of Leicester and The Open University researchers determined that water temperatures on Mars ranged from 122 degrees Fahrenheit to 302 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists found that microbes can live in water with similar temperatures on earth in the...

NASA Curiosity Team Changes From Mars To Earth Time
2012-11-07 08:12:07

[WATCH VIDEO: Living On Mars Time] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been three months since NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. During this time, the team operating the mission has been operating on “Mars time.” Because an average day (called a Sol on Mars) is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, the team´s daily start times had been moving a few hours later each week, resulting in many overnight shifts. Due...

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...

Mars Odyssey Switching Computers
2012-11-02 13:01:45

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, already the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, will switch to some fresh, redundant equipment next week that has not been used since before launch in 2001. Like many spacecraft, this orbiter carries a pair of redundant main computers, so that a backup is available if one fails. Odyssey's "A-side" computer and "B-side" computer each have several other redundant subsystems linked to just that computer. The Odyssey team...

Mars Express Shows Evidence Of A Glacial Past
2012-11-01 12:41:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New images from the European Space Agency´s Mars Express orbiter show evidence of the Red Planet´s glacial past and ancient waterways. The images and computer-generated perspectives depicted on the ESA´s website are focused on Nereidum Montes , a mountainous range that stretches over 700 miles. The area is known for its many gullies that some believe were created or eroded by water flow. According to ESA, the new...

Deimos Orbital Model Improved
2012-09-26 10:27:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 135 years ago, a scientist named Asaph Hall discovered Phobos and Deimos, two small moons orbiting Mars. Since then, the moons have been photographed innumerable times from Earth and from spacecraft, including recent measurements by the Mars Exploration Rovers panoramic cameras and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The orbit of Phobos, the inner moon, has been calculated to an accuracy of less than 1 kilometer. But, despite this...

2012-09-19 14:20:20

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity's landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch the rock with a spectrometer to determine its elemental...

Jake Matijevic
2012-09-19 14:31:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity got to witness an Earth-like experience on the Martian surface last week, by watching the moon Phobos create an eclipse on Mars. NASA unveiled new images on Wednesday, as well as an update to Curiosity's whereabouts. On September 13, Curiosity witnessed a Martian moon transit that involved the moon Phobos coming between the Red Planet and the Sun. The new rover snapped images of the event using its Mast Camera, which is...


Latest Exploration of Mars Reference Libraries

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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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