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2013-12-09 12:21:14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of...

Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Microbial Life
2013-12-09 12:40:55

[ Watch the Video: Evidence Of Ancient Lake Found Within Gale Crater ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A crater found on Mars is actually an ancient lake bed that could have contained the proper conditions to have supported life on the Red Planet, according to a new finding by NASA’s Curiosity rover. NASA scientists announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday that they have discovered the fossil remains of a lake inside Gale...

NASA Constructs Billion Pixel Image Of The Red Planet
2013-06-20 09:35:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.) Along with the NASA release of the first-ever billion-pixel mosaic of the surface of Mars within the Gale Crater, one company is taking the initiative to bring such brilliant displays to the public using its sophisticated technology. GigaPan, which offers gigapixel panoramas, is being utilized to display images taken by Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover. Equipped with a camera capable...

Wind, Not Water Formed Mount Sharp Within Mars' Gale Crater
2013-05-06 16:00:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at Princeton University and the Caltech believe that Mount Sharp on Mars was formed by wind, not water. NASA's Curiosity rover is sitting on Mars right now looking for signs of past life. The space agency chose Mount Sharp at the massive Gale Crater for its primary mission because of how eclectic the area is, potentially providing answers to questions regarding Mars' past. Mount Sharp is a roughly 3.5-mile high...

2013-03-12 12:32:20

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last...

2012-12-12 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2012, NASA continued to implement America's ambitious space exploration program, landing the most sophisticated rover on the surface of Mars, carrying out the first-ever commercial mission to the International Space Station and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "NASA achieved historic milestones this year landing the most sophisticated rover on...

2012-12-03 12:21:52

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity's arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Detection of the substances during...

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...

2012-11-02 15:20:09

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth's. A set of instruments aboard the rover has ingested...

Mars Rocks Similar To Mexican Ones
2012-10-29 18:42:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of researchers is claiming gypsum rocks found at Cuatro Ciénegas in Mexico are similar to those NASA's Curiosity rover is sitting at on Mars. The team analyzed the bacterial communities that have survived after fire and water forged the rocks millions of years ago. "Cuatro Ciénegas is extraordinarily similar to Mars. As well as the Gale crater where Curiosity is currently located on its...