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Communication Blackout Caused By Sun Put Opportunity Into Standby Mode
2013-04-30 18:25:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity placed itself in standby mode during April when the sun was blocking out communication with the Red Planet and Earth. The space agency said mission controllers learned of the changed status on April 27, when they first heard from Opportunity after the blocked communication period. Engineers pumped "fresh commands" into the rover on Monday to get it to resume operations....

Three From JPL Included On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List
2013-04-19 15:11:39

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth. The list announced today by TIME Magazine includes Don Yeomans, Pete Theisinger and Richard Cook, all at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Yeomans manages NASA's Near-Earth Objects Program Office at JPL, which coordinates the search for and tracking of asteroids and...

Mars Orbiter Finds Evidence Of Soviet Union Lander
2013-04-12 05:38:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have captured images of hardware from a Soviet era spacecraft that landed on Mars in 1971. Russian citizen enthusiasts were following news about NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars when they found four features in a five-year old image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The features resemble four pieces of hardware from the Soviet Mars 3 mission: the parachute, heat shield, terminal retrorocket...

2013-04-07 23:02:28

Author Michael Hunter attempts to uncover his own findings on the investigation about the possibility of life on the red planet. FREMONT, Calif. (PRWEB) April 08, 2013 NASA´s exploration on the planet Mars has been one of the most closely-watched scientific missions in the history of humankind. It spurs questions related to the possibility of life on the planet and continues to inspire research and comprehensive studies among various experts. In his book, Life on Mars: A Study of...

Alaskan Sand Dunes May Give Rise To A Water On Mars
2013-03-29 14:28:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A unique find beneath frozen Alaskan sand dunes suggests that liquid water may still exist on the Red Planet. Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) performed field studies of the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes and found the presence of liquid water during Arctic winter there, suggesting that liquid water could be temporarily stable at frost-covered sand dunes on Mars. They conducted fieldwork in Kobuk Valley National...

Comet May Be On A Collision Course With Mars
2013-03-28 10:52:43

NASA Science [ Watch the Video ScienceCasts: Collision Course? ] Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars. Today there are three active satellites circling the red planet while two rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, wheel across the red sands below. Mars is dry, barren, and apparently lifeless. Soon, those assets could find themselves exploring a very different kind of world. "There is a small but non-negligible chance...

Curiosity Heading Towards Spring Break
2013-03-25 12:29:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has been hard at work for seven months now, and the Mars tourist is about to get its own Spring Break. The Red Planet will be passing almost directly behind the Sun from Earth's perspective in April for two weeks, so NASA will be putting the Curiosity mission on hold. The sun is capable of disrupting radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment, so NASA is holding off sending commands to...

The Red Planet May Have Once Been Blue: Curiosity Finds More Evidence Of Water
2013-03-18 15:08:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced last week about how its Curiosity rover has found evidence for ancient environmental conditions favorable for life, and today a team has expanded on those findings. Scientists said during a news briefing at the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas about how Curiosity found evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it found clay minerals inside a drilled rock. Using...

Curiosity Finds Hard Evidence For Ancient Life On Mars
2013-03-12 13:03:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New results from Curiosity's drilling on Mars are in, and NASA experts say they indicate that the Red Planet once had conditions hospitable to life. NASA announced today that the powder that Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock on Mars showed the presence of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — all of which are key chemical ingredients for life. "A fundamental question for this mission 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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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